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Sex, Sin and Suffering

This truly is a sexual revolution. But in the fight for freedom and egalitarianism, we all lose. We devalue sex. Devalue marriage. Devalue your body. Devalue authority. Devalue life. Sex is about pleasure not about commitment. Marriage is about feelings not about covenant. Your body is only as good as others perceive it. Authority structures exist to be broken. Abortion is about choic...
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The Paradox of Self-Control

A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. - Proverbs 25:28 Let's talk about being self-controlled. If you're a Christian, you know it's important, cause the bible talks about it quite a lot (1 Cor 10:13; Gal 5:22-23; 2 Pet 1:5-7; 1 Cor 9:24-27; 2 Tim 1:7; Prov 16:32; 1 Pet 4:7; Tit 2:12...) Sometimes self-control comes pretty easily, such as saying no t...
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The Dream Wedding

Her big day had finally come, the day she had been planning since she was five - a ceremony twenty-five years in the making. As the last guests arrived and the bridal party lined up, she sat out of sight by herself in a side room, waiting for the big reveal. She stared at the old wooden door separating her from all her friends and family. The minutes crawled along like hours. A tear fell ou...
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3 Tips for Crafting Community

At a recent meeting with the Community Group leaders of ACTS11, we sat down to brainstorm some ideas. We wanted to figure out how to foster a community within groups (hence the community + group). To begin with, we agreed that central to having community is having God himself. By his gifts of prayer and scripture we can hope to become the community that God desires. If you're reading thi...
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Ashley Madison and a Culture of Adultery

No doubt you've heard of the Ashley Madison hack. The records of 37 million cheating spouses have been leaked online, and the world has gone nuts. Popular opinion concerning these adulterers has been, rightly, negative. These users have been seen as 'deserving' of having their data exposed. "Serves them right," some say, "why would they cheat on their husband/wife?". This is in some sense g...
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Gospel-Centered Conversations

If you know me, you'd know I'm not the best conversationalist. I'm not very talkative and am often thinking about the task to complete on my to do list. So then, I write this with great humility as I reflect upon the truths of the gospel. You see, if Jesus is king over everything, that also means he is king over our the way we communicate with each other. The nature of the gospel transfo...
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Love the song, don’t love like the song

I’ll have to admit, ‘When a Man loves a Woman’ is one of the best shower songs ever. Even as I’m writing, Percy Sledge’s final heartfelt cry of forlorn love rings in my head – and so it’s a little bit sad to note that Percy Sledge recently died aged 73. But as I took some time to check out the lyrics to this iconic soul ballad, I came to recognise the destructive nature of love gone wrong. ...
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Unmarried Christian couples holidaying alone? Please don’t!

(This is reposted with permission from Pastor Pete's blog) I’m going to get straight to the point: unmarried Christian couples holidaying alone together is a really bad idea. Before I go on, let me clarify. I am talking to Christian couples. I assume that Christian couples are committed to sexual purity before marriage. If you are reading this and not Christian, this isn’t a word for you...
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The Holy Family

Our families are a key part of our lives that is very intimate and personal; the bond that is shared between family members is one that is very sacred and can be a blessing or curse depending on circumstances. As children, we realize eventually that it is one of those bonds that doesn't center on choice, but rather a God given relationship that is presented to us before we even knew it. How...
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