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Peter DeHaan

The Latter Years of Martin Luther

The Latter Years of Martin Luther Martin Luther wanted to work within the Church to bring about change but they kicked him out Martin Luther intended to work out his ninety-five theses within the Church leadership. However, once the masses read and heard them in their own language—through no fault of Martin’s—an internal Church discussion […]

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King Solomon’s Wives: A Subtle Source of Distraction

King Solomon’s Wives: A Subtle Source of Distraction Consider the foreign wives of King Solomon King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, wasn’t so wise with his love life. In all he had 700 wives and 300 concubines. Even worse, many of King Solomon’s wives were foreigners, something God prohibited because he feared they […]

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Seek First the Kingdom of God

Seek First the Kingdom of God Jesus Focused on the Kingdom of God, not Church Jesus talked about the kingdom of God, but we made a church instead. What if he never intended us to form a church? After all, Jesus did tell his followers to “seek first the kingdom of God,” (Matthew 6:33, ESV). […]

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Reflecting on Church #27: Worshiping God Despite a Bad Attitude

Reflecting on Church #27: Worshiping God Despite a Bad Attitude With our journey of visiting fifty-two churches over, I can reflect more on the complete experience. Today, I’ll add to my thoughts about Church #27. I thoroughly enjoyed the worship time at this church. The worship of the song leaders was pure and ushered me […]

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Martin Luther Sought Reform and Unity

Martin Luther Sought Reform and Unity The Church opposed Martin Luther and eventually excommunicated him Longing for unity, Martin Luther didn’t want to see the church divided. But when reconciliation didn’t happen and he was excommunicated, he had no choice but to form a new church practice aligned with what the Bible taught and apart […]

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A Different Prescription For Prayer

A Different Prescription For Prayer In Matthew 20, Jesus shares a parable, predicts his death, and teaches about serving. He also heals two blind men. Nowhere in this chapter does he mention prayer, yet in this passage I see two insights about prayer. It’s a different prescription for prayer, and we will do well to […]

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The Fallacy of Church Membership

The Fallacy of Church Membership Segregating Attendees into Members and Nonmembers Divides Jesus’s Church In our look at things the church must change, we’ve already considered our buildings and facility, our paid clergy and staff, and our tithes and offerings, that is our charitable giving. Now we’ll turn our attention to some secondary issues, starting […]

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Reflecting on Church #26: A Fresh Experience

Reflecting on Church #26: A Fresh Experience With our journey of visiting fifty-two churches over, I can reflect more on the complete experience. Today, I’ll add to my thoughts about Church #26. Beyond their worship of God and approach to him, two other things stood out about this minority congregation. First, the kids were an […]

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The Excommunicated Martin Luther Gets Married

The Excommunicated Martin Luther Gets Married Luther saw marriage, not celibacy vows, as the preferred option for most clergy As Martin Luther’s ordeal wore on, he eventually left the castle where he was hiding. He returned to Wittenberg, some five years after he posted his ninety-five theses. Though still a wanted man, some powerful people […]

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Who Do You Worship? A Lesson for Today from Zephaniah

Who Do You Worship? A Lesson for Today from Zephaniah A too-common practice in the United States (and perhaps around the world) is to take parts from different religions and philosophies, mashing them together to form a personal belief system. Doing so is a consumer-centric mindset. People keep the parts they like, and they ditch […]

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How Much Money Does the Church Need?

How Much Money Does the Church Need? We Must Be Good Stewards of All That God Blesses Us With The Old Testament church required a lot of financial support to keep it going. There was a tabernacle to build and transport. The temple later replaced the tabernacle, but it required regular maintenance. The priests and […]

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Reflecting on Church #25: They Ended Up With a Building After All

Reflecting on Church #25: They Ended Up With a Building After All With our journey of visiting fifty-two churches over, I can reflect more on the complete experience. Today, I’ll add to my thoughts about Church #25. I praised this congregation for not having a church building. Instead they rented space on Sunday for their […]

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The Roman Catholic Church is Not the Enemy

The Roman Catholic Church is Not the Enemy Martin Luther supported the Roman Catholic Church and did not want to leave her The name of Martin Luther remains unknown to most in the Roman Catholic Church, and many of those who know of him blame him for dividing Christianity and causing disunity. Yet remember Martin […]

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How Do You Handle Disappointment?

How Do You Handle Disappointment? When God Wants to Give You a Second Chance Make Sure You’re Ready to Receive It You’re probably not familiar with Ahithophel in the Bible. His life serves as a lesson in how not to respond to disappointment. Though his name does show up a few times during the reign […]

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Exploring Church Staff from a Biblical Perspective

Exploring Church Staff from a Biblical Perspective Stop Paying Clergy and Ministry Staff to Do What We’re Supposed to Do Ourselves In part one of Embrace a Fresh Perspective about Church we looked at adopting a new, biblically enlightened view on the role that a church building should play for our spiritual community. Now we’ll […]

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Reflecting on Church #24: A Variety of Worship Styles

Reflecting on Church #24: A Variety of Worship Styles With our journey of visiting fifty-two churches over, I can reflect more on the complete experience. Today, I’ll add to my thoughts about Church #24. The people at this traditional church were friendly, much friendlier than most. The message was good and gave me something to […]

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95 Tweets: Celebrating Martin Luther in the 21st Century

Martin Luther and His 95 Theses 95 Tweets reveals our past so we can reform our present. Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther’s supporters printed copies of his 95 theses and distributed them widely. The document essentially went viral. Had Martin Luther lived today, his supporters might have taken to social media to get the […]

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The Medium of Endor

The Medium of Endor Not Everything That’s Spiritual is Good Here’s the situation. The prophet Samuel is dead. God has abandoned King Saul, and the once-promising ruler is losing his grip on power. Saul prays, but God doesn’t respond. None of the ways Saul has heard from God in the past are working now. In […]

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Embrace a Fresh Perspective about Church

Embrace a Fresh Perspective about Church We Don’t Need a Church Building to Encounter God or Enjoy Spiritual Community So far, we’ve looked at the Old Testament model for church—of building, paid clergy, and tithes—which we still follow today. Then we considered how Jesus fulfills the Old Testament and looked at how the early church […]

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Reflecting on Church #23: A Church Business Meeting Overshadows the Service

Reflecting on Church #23: A Church Business Meeting Overshadows the Service With our journey of visiting fifty-two churches over, I can reflect more on the complete experience. Today, I’ll add to my thoughts about Church #23. It’s challenging to get members to attend a church business meeting during the week, as it requires an extra […]

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