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Gospel Communities | Devoted Rightly 1.0 | "The devoted themselves..."

In the last post (posted last week, titled "Gospel Communities | Introduction | What Are We Even Doing Here? Search back and read if you have not yet done so), we introduced the fact that we as the Anthem leadership have spent time praying, seeking, and reading in order to determine a healthy and fruitful reorientation of our gospel community groups (GCs). After prayer, d...

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Gospel Communities | Devoted Rightly 1.1 | "The Apostles' Teaching"

"And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." Acts 2:42 Hey Anthem, Here is our second of four posts this week regarding GC reorientation. Two additional preliminary notes: first, these aspects of devotion are not ranked in order of importance. Prayer is equally important to devotion to the Word of...

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Gospel Communities | Devoted Rightly 1.2 | "The Breaking of Bread & The Prayers"

"And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." Acts 2:42 Hey Anthem, Here if our third of four post this week regarding GC reorientation. Next, we see that the disciples were devoted to fellowship. We will skip this for now and return to it at the end, as it leads nicely into the second principle, c...

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Gospel Communities | Introduction | What Are We Even Doing Here?

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This post serves as in introductory explanation of our reorientation of our Gospel Communities. We hope to be a community and a church that is properly devoted to the most important things, that our relationship with our Lord may be vibrant and life giving, and that we would in turn learn to better love one another and the county we live in....

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No Child-Family Left Behind

One of the challenges of this shift in community is bringing together the different cross-sections of people that naturally occur in a church as they reflect culture they’re in. Doing life together with young and old, hispanic and caucasian, affluent and impoverished, or single and married. Initially, one of the more challenging people groups to bring together are t...

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Anthem Is Planting A Church In India

On Sunday, December 16, 2012, we introduced our members to the church planters we are sending to an unreached people group in India. To protect their cover, we cannot divulge their identities or exact location. However, we can explain the whys, whos, wheres, and hows of this decision....

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What To Expect In 2013 At Anthem

Late in 2010, I was severly injured and left with painful nerve damage. Which resulted in all of 2011 being about learning how to live and minister in contstant pain. Very little change resulted in frustration leading to pastoral burnout over a year later. This all culminated early on in 2012 when the deicision to take an 11-week sabbatical was made by the pastors of the c...

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Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc

Post hoc, ergo propter hoc. Latin for "after this, therefore because of this". It's a fallacy that assumes whatever event preceeded another, must have caused the succeeding event. We tend to live by this emphatically, as Christians. When we sin (fail), what must have caused this is the lack of effort on our part that preceeded it. It's an all too common misconception....

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The Coleman's Instagram Photostream

Though you won't be able to interact with us while we're away, we've set up this nifty photostream from the Coleman's Instagram feed. Check back here every couple of days or so to see the latest memories right as they're being captured while we're away......

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Recompense of the Lamb

It's been more than 15 years since I last attempted anything that even resembles poetry. However, my son Tyler has been in the hospital a lot recently due to a hard recovery from surgery. As I've watched him suffer in his fragile body, the Lord gave me a startling reminder that Tyler will be free from his imperfect prison one day. Jesus is the key to this promise for all o...

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