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Why ashes on Ash Wednesday are wrong PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Tuesday, 21 February 2012 15:47

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.-2 Tim 3:5

A good example of this is Ash Wednesday.  Millions of Catholic Christians (including Anglicans) will have ashes put on their foreheads tomorrow.  Why?  Will it be a sign of deep contrition or mourning for their sins or will it simply be an outward form of piety done because it is considered a religious duty and custom to have it done because it is Ash Wednesday?  This reminds me of he young clerk at the deli counter who has long unkempt hair and a hat on his head.  He is technically obeying the store rule that says he must not be bareheaded while working with the food. But he seems oblivious to the reason for the rule- to keep his hair out of the food.  Technically, his duty is met; the reason for it is ignored. The hair falls on the food.  I do not buy it.

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Formula for selling more hamburgers and church growth PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Monday, 07 November 2011 11:10

“Have a vision, a strategy, define reality, give hope and execute.”

This is the formula of the new CEO of Wendy's to turn that declining company around.  James White enthusiastically endorses and practices the same formula as the Senior Pastor of his church.  I like it too, but have one caveat- will it work if the church lay leaders do not buy it?  If not, how do you get them to buy it?  Or what if key lay leaders do buy it and the Pastor does not?

http://www.churchandculture.org/blog.asp?id=1929

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Shut up! Stop talking! Slow down! For God's sake! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Sunday, 16 October 2011 14:11

I expend a lot of effort just about everywhere trying to zone out noise.  That definitely includes restaurants. It seems we usually get seated (often at a small table for two small people!)  in high traffic locations or near serving stations or in the pathway in and out of the kitchen (and this means I usually upset the hostess or server by requesting we be moved elsewhere).  Wherever we sit, there are usually noisy patrons and always the ubiquitous, pervasive to-the-point-of-painful loud music surrounding us.  Where can we find a medium-priced restaurant to enjoy a quiet meal with good conversation without such distractions? 

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Remembering John Stott PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Monday, 01 August 2011 07:19

Here is a fine tribute to John Stott by James White, covering the basics about the man and his ministry.

http://www.churchandculture.org/blog.asp?id=1499

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Last Updated on Monday, 01 August 2011 07:25
 
Fed up but not being filled up! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Sunday, 08 May 2011 15:25

 

We went to an Episcopal Church again this week.  I truly appreciate being able to receive Communion every Sunday.  The Lord's Supper is the apex of the Service.  Everything leads up to it and then away from it.  That means it is a Gospel Service.  Just as the Communion Table (the Altar) is the visual focal point, so is the Gospel.  The Cross, the Sacrifice which makes our Salvation possible, the Atonement for our sins is front and center of every single Service.  That makes the Episcopal Service very Evangelical and potentially very evangelistic.  In contrast, many of the local Protestant and Evangelical churches here advertised Mother's Day messages and activities.  And there would be no Lord's Supper offered during the Service. [Of course, it need not be either-or; a church could minister to Mothers and have Holy Communion, too].

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