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Vintage Saints: Saint Patrick

“I am a servant of Christ to a foreign nation for the unspeakable glory of life everlasting which is in Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Patrick   My family name was originally O’Driscoll until it was changed a few generations ago by relatives hoping to more fully assimilate into American culture after immigrating from Ireland. Though I was raised Irish Catholic, I knew virtually nothing about Saint Patrick other than the green beer, parades, shamrocks, leprechauns, and drunken Red Sox fans that celebrated in his honor every March 17th.   Technically, Saint Patrick is not even a saint, as he was never canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. Additionally, Patrick was not even Irish. Rather, he was an Englishman Roman-Britain who was a Roman citizen that ...

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Time Magazine Names New Calvinism 3rd Most Powerful Idea

According to Time Magazine 'New Calvinism' is the third biggest idea that is changing the world right now. Here are some thoughts on new versus old Calvinism.   Four Ways 'New Calvinism' is So Powerful Old Calvinism was fundamental or liberal and separated from or syncretized with culture. New Calvinism is missional and seeks to create and redeem culture. Old Calvinism fled from the cities. New Calvinism is flooding into cities. Old Calvinism was cessationistic and fearful of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. New Calvinism is continuationist and joyful in the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Old Calvinism was fearful and suspicious of other Christians and burned bridges. New Calvinism loves all Christians and builds bridges between them. According to ...

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Acts 29 Going to London Again this Summer

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The Call: Teaching Overview

Seattle Church Planting Boot Camp – March 9-10, 2009 Main Session Teaching Overview Theme: The Call   Are you registered for the Seattle Boot Camp March 9-10?   The Seattle Boot Camp teaching is all new materials and is based on the thesis based on the thesis of the Great Commission: "We are called as a community of believers to proclaim the gospel to all nations in the power of the Holy Spirit." We will look at the person that is called to a gospel-centered church, what he is called to and how that calling is incarnated through the local church. Monday, March 9: 1.    Mark Driscoll – The Calling of the PlanterMark will kick off the boot camp with a discussion surrounding the calling of a man into church planting. What does a calling ...

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PJ Smyth Speaking at Seattle Boot Camp

P.J. Smyth Speaking at Seattle Boot Camp by Pastor Scott Thomas, Director of Acts 29   Register for the Seattle Boot Camp March 9-10   My friend, PJ Smyth, is a popular Newfrontiers speaker, and the leader of GodFirst Church Johannesburg. While I was in London last summer, PJ and I had fun together as our hearts knit in the Spirit of love. You can find a number of sermon mp3's and a range of e-books on his website. PJ is a punchy, impactful, and clear communicator. I learned much from him while I enjoyed time with him and his wife. PJ will speak about The Call to the Gospel. He will identify its enemies and how we can defend it. The following quote comes from a book on the Bible, available free on his site, entitled The Sword.   "The Word will bring you faith. ...

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