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Posted by Margaret Foley on

 It’s Sunday morning and the last thing you want to do is haul yourself out of the bed, wake up the family, and head off to church. Work this week was challenging. There were several family emergencies. Plus, you had a misunderstanding with the woman who always sits two chairs in front ...

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I Will Make You Fishers of Men

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Today was a day just like any other. The men sighed. Their boat rocked over a series of small, blue, waves. Their weathered hands deftly tossed a fishing net into the water. The men had been fishing for so long that their old tunics had been starched with a layer of salt so thick that no water ...

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What Is a Disciple?

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"What is a disciple?" Pastor Tim asks an eager crowd of UU and UT students. "What does the word discipleship mean?" One student, an elderly North Korean man, says: "when you disciple someone, it means that you are making this person like yourself." Pastor Tim latches onto this answer. It's ...

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Christianity Is Growing In China And What The Government Is Doing About It

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The rise of Christianity in China has been so significant that experts are now suggesting Christianity may be the singular most popular “organization” in China - surpassing current Communist party membership numbers by almost 10 million. Analysts expect that Christianity will continue ...

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First Leader of North Korea Was Not Kim Il-Sung, It Was a Christian Man Named Cho Man-Sik

Posted by Rev. Eric Foley on

One of the early leaders in Korean Christianity was originally a businessman who liked to drink and get into fights. After he became a Christian, he was completely changed. He stopped drinking, he stopped getting into fights and he gave up his business to become a teacher. Cho Man-Sik was not only ...

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Video - Discipleship is the same in North Korea and South Korea

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Pastor Foley and Dr. Foley talk about how discipleship is not all that different in North and South Korea.  In both countries, many people follow things like money, power and happiness.  Contrary to the world’s way of discipleship, Jesus said that if you seek to save your life, you ...

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Video - Discipleship is the same in North Korea and South Korea

Posted by Rev. Eric Foley on

Pastor Foley and Dr. Foley talk about how discipleship is not all that different in North and South Korea.  In both countries, many people follow things like money, power and happiness.  Contrary to the world’s way of discipleship, Jesus said that if you seek to save your life, you ...

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Video - Removing the Mystery From Family Worship

Posted by Rev. Tim Dillmuth on

Regular family worship is an essential part of helping your spouse, your children and even yourself grow in Christ. And yet, what should seem so simple often seems difficult and mysterious. So, how do you do this thing called family worship? Donald Whitney gives some practicle advice ...

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It Is The Church’s Own 1,000 Year-Old Marriage Equality Ruling That Is Its Greatest Problem, Not The One From This Month

Posted by Rev. Eric Foley on

What can be said about this month’s marriage equality ruling that has not yet been said? With reference to the Bible and church history, a lot, it turns out. Very little of it relates to critiquing the Supreme Court ruling. As Lamin Sanneh writes in Disciples of All Nations: Pillars ...

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The Persecuted Church Teaches Us The Apostle's Creed Is Not Dry and Outdated

Posted by Rev. Tim Dillmuth on

Post by Pastor Tim – While talking to one of our discipleship partners recently, he was surprised to find that we regularly use the Apostle’s Creed and/or the Nicene Creed when we disciple new Christians.  He was more familiar with the Western style of more informal prayers, ...

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