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What Makes Us Change?

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In Season 3 of his acclaimed podcast, Revisionist History, Malcolm Gladwell (author of cultural insights like The Tipping Point and Outliers) poses the question as to when does new information change behavior. The episode is called “Burden of Proof” and features Gladwell giving a...

From the Resource Section: "The Things of Earth"

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The world is full of good things. Those words adorn the back cover of a book by Joe Rigney, who is a professor at Bethlehem College and Seminary in Minneapolis. In his 2015 work, The Things of Earth, Rigney sets out to display the goodness of God’s creation and how enjoying that goodness...

What Do I Do If My Son Says He’s Gay?

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About 18 months ago, some of the staff here at East Cooper Baptist took some time to evaluate and pray through ministry in the life of our church. We determined some areas that we thought we were doing well in and identified some other areas that we would like to see ourselves, as a church...

The Best of 2017

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When I was about 12, I got on a treadmill and held down the button that increases the speed until something similar to this happened. Every year, the combination and proximity of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve elicits, in me, a comparable feeling, albeit without going through...

Here I Stand...For Podcasts

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This month commemorates the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. While what is referred to as the Reformation happened over the course of 100+ years (1517-1648), the date being celebrated marks 500 years since the then unknown monk, Martin Luther, nailed the Ninety-Five Theses against the door...

Smartphone Scripture Memory

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About a year ago our Young Adults Pastor, Leland Brown, wrote a great article titled “8 Reasons to Start Memorizing Scripture Today.” This past Sunday, Buster challenged our church to memorize several verses between now and the end of the year. Additionally, if you've read the Bible...

What is the New City Catechism?

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  In 2012, The Gospel Coalition and Redeemer Presbyterian Church partnered together to release a series of 52 questions and answers and called it the New City Catechism. Historically, catechisms have played a central role in church life and been used to maintain gospel integrity...

Avenues of Awe

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For the past few weeks I have been teaching through a series in the High School Ministry class on Sunday mornings called “The Gospel of Movies.” Basically what we do each week is look at a clip from a movie and discuss how it confirms or denies what we know about the gospel. We will...

Are You Aware of Your Identity?

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The topic of identity shows up all the time. In meeting new people, introducing yourself, and getting to know someone we talk about our identity (i.e. who we are). Conversations usually begin with a line of questioning resembling “Hi, what’s your name?” followed by “What...

A Mind at Work

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It is said that upon rising every morning, Benjamin Franklin would begin each day by asking himself the question, “What good shall I do this day?” That’s not a bad principle to live by (but it is a bit vague). A better (and more biblical question) would be something like...

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