Category: Moderator’s Emphasis

The "Silver Bullet" of the Joyful Christian Life?
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The “Silver Bullet” of the Joyful Christian Life?

By: Alex Campbell A “silver bullet” is defined as a simple remedy to a difficult problem.  The term, from ancient folk lore, taught that the only way to successfully defeat foes such as werewolves, vampires, and witches that embodied dark powers, was to dispatch them with a silver bullet. We are all naturally suspicious of […]

What is it to Love?
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What is it to Love?

By: Rev. Patrick Malphrus  The theme of synod this year is to love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength. But what does it actually mean to love? The article that follows is a condensed version of the sermon I had the honor of preaching this year at General […]

True Colors
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True Colors

By: Neil Stewart “By smooth words he will turn to godlessness those who act wickedly toward the covenant, but the people who know their God will display strength and take action…yet they will fall by sword and by flame, by captivity and by plunder for many days.” (Daniel 11:32-33) We live in interesting times. For […]

Victory Assured from a Trustworthy Scripture
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Victory Assured from a Trustworthy Scripture

Victory Assured from a Trustworthy Scripture By: Jeff Kingswood Next year, the year of our Lord 2017, should the Lord tarry, we will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This movement turned the world upside down as the Word of God was rediscovered and human institutions and traditions were challenged and uprooted by the […]

Old Insights on the Community of the Cross
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Old Insights on the Community of the Cross

  Old Insights on the Community of the Cross By: Bob Illman I used to do some work with Peacemaker Ministries. The goal of Peacemakers is to help Christians resolve conflict. In many of our seminars, we started off the presentation projecting a slide that said, “Where two or three are gathered in His Name, […]

Rejection of the Old Paths
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Rejection of the Old Paths

The statistics are alarming. Research organizations such as the Barna Group report that the percentage of residents in the United States who don’t attend church has increased by 30% over the last decade. Other data only increases the concern. Studies by several groups indicate that the actual percentage of the US population worshipping in churches […]

Insight into the Sabbath Rest
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Insight into the Sabbath Rest

The theme for the ARP denomination this year is “Fresh Insight from Ancient Paths.” The theme is based on Jeremiah 6:16, “Thus says the Lord, stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is. And walk in it. Then you will find rest for your souls.” In […]

Who Are We?
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Who Are We?

By: Nathan M. Frazier, Ph. D. Our Scottish roots tap into the powerful Reformation emphases on grace, the Puritan attentiveness to the affections of the heart, and evangelical zeal for the revival of Church and nation. This identity of fierce piety and fervent ministry did much to transform the lives of thousands of ordinary Scots, […]

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Insight for Hopeful Ministry Today

The Motivation of Pentecost by Matt Lucas Gospel ministry in the church is an impossible task. The church is comprised exclusively of sinners. We are broken, weak, and corrupt. As we minister to one another, we discover wounded souls filled with pain, bitterness, pride, and jealousy. Pastors see fragile marriages, disunity among leaders, and factions […]

Gratitude and the Imprint of God
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Gratitude and the Imprint of God

By Lee Shelnutt I have been asked to write on the role gratitude plays in our reflection of God’s imprint. As I do so, I am sitting in a local coffee shop with a large cup of this magic elixir we call coffee. I am looking out at the bustle of 21st century Americana alongside […]

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