Ouxano: Understanding Old Testament Poetry

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[display_podcast] From Pastor Matt Tague, author of Read the Word: The Bible was written for you: This week, we ask the following questions:  What exactly is Old Testament Poetry? How does it vary from other writings in scripture?  And, how does it help tell the story of God’s Word and how does it apply to my story, today? The Bible was written for you, so you may be surprised at how applicable these age-old poems are to life in the 21st century. Old Testament Poetry consists of the Book of P … [Read more...]

Christian Home & Family: Using Music In Family Devotions

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From Carey Green, author, blogger, speaker, coach and pastor:Including music for the sake of worship is not an easy task for most peopleIf you’re not musically inclined, what do you do? Before we get into the “how” part of including music in your family worship, there’s one other step we need to take first…Talk with your family about the “WHY” behind singing…Why do we sing to God in the first place? It’s not only that it’s fun (though it is), it’s one way that we worship God. A … [Read more...]

The Big Picture Podcast: Should Your Church Be A Safe Place?

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[display_podcast] Welcome to the Big Picture Podcast. I’m Joel Fieri and this podcast seeks to begin and hopefully sustain a conversation about current trends, ideas and issues in the Church and greater society. This week’s podcast is led by a guy we call the Backrow Baptist. You’ve seen the guy in the back pew with his hands in his pocket because he can’t quite clap in rhythm, right? That’s the BRB. Or if you haven’t seen him, his off-beat clapping has probably thrown you off once or twice. … [Read more...]

Church for Men 12: Paradise Outfitter

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[display_podcast] From David Murrow, author of the bestselling book, Why Men Hate Going to Church.What happens when you put an archery range inside an abandoned grocery store and call it a church? Brandon Smith started a church in Oak Grove, MO – 30 minutes east of downtown Kansas City. In the past five years, his church – Paradise Outfitter Ministries – has grown from 15 to more than 500 weekly attendees. They’ve had to expand to four weekly services in order to accommodate the crush of ne … [Read more...]

Real Stuff My Dad Says 59: Passion vs. Obedience

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[display_podcast] Sitting in for my dad this week, is my boss:  e2 media network executive producer and host of The Big Picture Podcast, Joel Fieri with some “Real Stuff My BOSS Says”. One of the discussions that Joel and I have had numerous times around the water cooler is in regards to a trend that he sees many churches wandering through without even knowing it.  It’s what he sees as a dilemma between passion and obedience.  He sees too many churches allowing the overarching theme of “passion … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Closet Christian: Why Does God Feel Like A Product I Have To Sell?

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When I invite someone to church, I get uncomfortable.  In fact, the word “invite” needs to be interpreted loosely.  I rarely have the courage to ask somebody to go to church with me. I’d rather throw up my breakfast. – eggs and all. Most of the time, I don’t even really invite them.  I merely mention my church one too many times and they ask if they can come check it out. This has got to be the work of the Holy Spirit – because Lord knows it’s not due to my own words or efforts. And the Holy … [Read more...]


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