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Duck Dynasty and Pastoral Ministry

As many of you know, I have become a big fan of the TV show Duck Dynasty. This contribution to the “reality” TV genre centers on the life and times of the Robertson family, self-proclaimed rednecks who became millionaires by inventing, manufacturing, and selling their Duck Commander duck calls to hunting enthusiast around the world. Their duck calls are to duck...

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The Most Memorable Conference Message I've Heard

I have been to a lot of conferencesâ€"probably more than I can countâ€"which means that I have heard a lot of conference talks. Some good, some not as good; some long, some short. Many of the speakers are relatively famous in our circlesâ€"the sort of people whose books we buy and whose sermons we download and whose interviews we listen to and whose blog posts we ...

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Keeping Our Perspective

Perspective is important. This is true because your outlook or viewpoint often determines the outcome of the matter. It does so by shaping and establishing your focus and how you use your resources. Consider how important perspective was to Lewis and Clark. Would viewing the Rocky Mountains from a 747 have made any difference in their journey? Think of all those who once b...

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How Would You Explain Life?

Toward the end of his life, a famous person is interviewed. The first question is asked: “You’ve lived a full life. What would you like to tell everyone watching and listening tonight?” The audience leans forward, waiting for a profound response, some helpful words that could make their lives as successful as this person’s....

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Introducing the New City Catechism

This week, we are launching a two-year, churchwide initiative encouraging every person and family at New Covenant to make New City Catechism a regular part of their devotional practices. Each of the catechism’s 52 questions and answers will be featured for two weeks, beginning this Sunday. Like the Bible reading plan that we recently completed, our desire is not tha...

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