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Stephen Caldwell

Simplifying Discipleship

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Go and make disciples. It seems like such a straightforward statement, and Jesus was clear in Matthew 28:19 that it’s not an optional activity. Yet the Church seems to struggle with the concept. When we take a fresh look at it, however, we can see that “making disciples” doesn’t have to be that hard. I didn’t realize there was an issue until I began paying closer attention following a couple of conversations with friends. Six…

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Singing to the Lord

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When I became a follower of Christ in the early 1990s, I noticed something about the music of my youth: I still enjoyed it, but I listened to it differently. I heard messages, both positive and negative, that I’d never noticed in my secular state of mind. My youth was mostly in the 1970s, which everyone knows was the greatest decade. Sure, there was disco, but there was also (to name a few) Pink Floyd,…

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Training my brain on scripture

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I read recently about the ways technology is changing our brains. For instance, easy access to information is training our brain to “index” rather than “retain” information. Makes sense. I can still remember my family’s home phone number from when I was growing up, but who bothers to memorize a phone number these days? And all that time I spent memorizing sports records seems like such a waste now that anything we want or need…

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Finding Wisdom in Troubling Times

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Deciding on a blog topic isn’t always easy, and not always because you feel like you have nothing worth saying. I seldom have writer’s block. More often, I have writer’s fire hydrant. And the Charlottesville violence left me overwhelmed with opinions and ideas regarding racism, monuments, statues, hatred, evil, protests, politics and all sorts of other things that were spewing forth from my mind. How can I write everything I’m thinking and feeling? How can…

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The Blog God Spiked

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Several weeks ago, I wrote two blogs and scheduled them to post while Audrey and I were on vacation. When we returned, I realized one of them never posted. One of two things happened. I didn’t schedule it properly or my really, really smart, hi-tech blog posting system malfunctioned. You decide. Last week, I reread the blog and decided to use it. I polished it up, sent it to a friend for proofing, and then reread…

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Read this Blog and Earn 10 Points!

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My wife tells the story of a teacher who motivated his students by awarding their obedience and success with points. “What do we get for the points?” one student asked. “Oh, points are great,” the teacher said with great enthusiasm. “They are the best! Everybody loves to get points. When you’re older, you’ll really understand. Points are great. Trust me. You want more points!” We live in a world that keeps score, even if the…

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The Rocks of Our Hearts

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Is the soil of your heart prepared for growth? …  Our home rests near the top of a hill, and we’re mostly surrounded by woods. Bermuda grass thrives on the sun-soaked front and one side of our lot, but the back remains very close to its natural state – it mostly grows rocks, not grass. I’ve been thinking lately about investing some time into the backyard – more to make it easier to maintain than…

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The Sins of My Writing

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Spellcheck says everything’s good. But I’ve learned not to fully trust spellcheck. So, I read over it – one … last … time … Yep, all looks good. I hit send or print or whatever pushes my writings into public view. In this particular case, it’s a blog post. I’m never sure how many folks will read my blog, but I hope it’s well received by all who invest five minutes of their lives. I…

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Our Sanctification Puzzle

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Sanctification lives at the heart of the Grow Like Jesus message, and it’s something we do both individually and in the context of our relationships with others. Imagine a jigsaw puzzle with pieces that never stay the same but that somehow always fit together. We never know how or when our lives might provide the right fit for others or how and when someone else might provide the right fit for us. But we know…

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The God of Tegucigalpa

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I’m not a poet, but sometimes I’m compelled to write in my own, unique style of verse. So it is with my recap of the week Audrey and I spent this summer in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. We went with a team led by our dentist and friend Dr. Bob Ward of First Lavaca (Arkansas). And we worked under the direction of World Gospel Outreach, an organization that has learned through the years how to truly honor…

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