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Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times:

By Peter L. Steinke The Alban Institute, Herndon, VA: 2006 Biographical Sketch Peter L. Steinke is an internationally respected congregational systems consultant who has also served as a parish pastor, an educator, and a therapist for clergy. He is the author of the best-selling books, How Your Church Family Works, and, Healthy Congregations. Major Emphasis Part

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Caring Enough to Confront

by David Augsburger Publisher: Regal Books, 1986. Ventura, CA Biographical Sketch Since 1990 David Ausburger has been professor of pastoral care and counseling at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Before coming to Fuller, Augsburger taught at seminaries in Chicago, Indiana, and Pennsylvania. For over a decade he served as radio spokesperson for the Mennonite Churches. His productions

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Being Leaders

by Aubrey Malphurs Baker Books, 2003. Biographical Sketch The Malphurs Group is led by Dr. Aubrey Malphurs, who is also Professor of Pastoral Ministries at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) in Dallas, Texas. Ordained in 1971, Dr. Malphurs planted his first church in 1972. He has also served as pastor of two churches in Dallas, Texas,

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Baptist Polity – As I See It

by James Sullivan Publisher: Broadman and Holman, 1998, Nashville: Biographical Sketch James Lenox Sullivan (1910 – 2004), a graduate of Tylertown (Miss.) High School, Sullivan’s higher education included a bachelor of arts degree from Mississippi College in Clinton; a master of theology degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; and a doctor of divinity degrees from

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Thank You, Lord

Ephesians 5:19-20 19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; – Ephesians 5:19-20 I have much to be thankful for: 1) As an American The holiday’s developmental progress

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The Heart of a Guilty Man

Psalm 51 This is the fourth, and perhaps greatest, of David’s seven penitent Psalms. (6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, 143) I. David’s Confession –Psalms 51:1-6 A. Lord, Be Merciful in my Need – vs. 1-4a 1. I am very sinful – vs. 1-2 Transgression – a high-handed revolt against divinely constituted law Iniquity –

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God’s Cure for an Achan Heart

Joshua 7:1-13 The children of Israel, under Joshua’s leadership, finally began to march into the land of promise. They were given a strict set of guidelines to follow. God said in Joshua 6:18-19: And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing,

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A Mighty Fortress is Our God

Luther’s famous hymn was inspired by Psalms 46 A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing; Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing: For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe; His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate, On earth is not his

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A Message from the Bone-yard

Ezekiel 37:1-14 Introduction The Bible says in Hebrews 1 that God spoke in the Old Testament through a variety of means. For example, God spoke through men, through a donkey, and through a burning bush. But in Ezekiel 37, God sent a message through a pile of bones. Imagine a skeleton preaching a sermon to you! This morning, I

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Resolving Theological Conflict

Acts 15 Topic: Conflict Resolution   The evangelism of the early church outpaced her theology and a conflict erupted. The first church council was aimed at settling the theological differences that arose over the conversion of Gentiles. Would the church adopt an Old Testament proselyte model in their handling of Gentile Christian converts? Were the Gentiles somehow second-class citizens

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