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Fighting the Bonds of Legalism

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I know that there are many Christians, like myself, who struggle with trying to earn God’s favor (which is how I’m defining “legalism” in this post). I know my identity is not as a legalist but as an adopted child of God. However, as a perfectionist who grew up in a church that didn’t properly teach about grace, I’m always striving to earn God’s favor... ...

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Why We Have Multiple Preachers In Our Regular Rotation

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Visitors to The Parkway Church may be surprised to find a rotation of men regularly preaching in our weekly gathering with no one person preaching the majority of the time. While this is neither the evangelical norm nor an explicit biblical mandate, we believe this rhythm provides us a better opportunity to minister to our people......

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A World of Words

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“I don’t know. Who knows how words are formed?” -Michael Gary Scott, “The Office” How are words formed? Unfortunately, many of us cannot give a much more helpful answer than Dunder Mifflin's Regional Manager....

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Annihilating Annihilationism

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Let’s talk about everyone’s favorite topic…hell! I’m obviously kidding. I know that talking about hell is literally the worst thing we can talk about. But the Bible talks about it so, from time to time, we need to as well....

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The Scars We’re Slow to Show

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To this day, I am scared of the water because of Jaws. There is a powerful scene on the Orca where Quint, Brody and Hooper are showing scars and swapping stories. The setting is buoyant and cheerful as each scar is revealed and story rehearsed from sheets of skin and bone......

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Making Sense of Melchizedek

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What’s the deal with Melchizedek? A seemingly small Old Testament character with a profound legacy. Though he appears in only 3 books of the Bible (2 Old Testament and 1 New Testament), his influence is incredible......

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How Can Jesus Be “Begotten?”

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One of the most popular verses in the Bible, John 3:16, says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only (fill in the blank) Son…” Many of us are used to saying “begotten” because of the influence the King James translation has had on our thinking; but, what does it mean that Jesus is “begotten?”...

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Raising Children in a Hypersexualized Culture

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Today’s American culture is what some might call “hypersexualized”. Sex is everywhere. It’s on billboards, television, the magazines in the checkout line at the grocery store, even in our public schools. There is almost nowhere......

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An Offering From Plate to Pulpit

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Behind every cultural custom or religious ritual is a story. Some of these stories are older and more established than others. Perhaps surprisingly, some of the seemingly time-honored traditions that we hold dear as 21st century believers are fairly modern innovations......

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A Church by any Other Name

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With all due literary respect to Mr. Shakespeare, names are significant. Building a case for the importance of a name is somewhat simple. From the initial naming of creation in Genesis to the new name the faithful receive in Revelation, Scripture emphasizes the importance of a name......

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