Reading the Bible Well: Part 2 of 13

We are currently going over steps to form a better understanding of the Bible, the central text of the Christian faith. Last week I wanted us to recognize our role as reader and this week we’ll focus on what we are reading. Our second step is finding a good translation. Lets start with a little exercise I learned from Henry …

Sway: Songs I Have Written And The Stories Behind Them 5 of 5

I’m a singer songwriter. There was a period in my life when I wrote a lot of songs. I also rewrote a lot of old Hymns. Now that I am a full time Pastor and father of 3 I don’t write much anymore. In this series I will be sharing with you some of the songs I have written and …

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Reading the Bible Well part 1 of 13

Over the next 13 weeks, we will be going over steps to form a better understanding of the Bible, the central text of the Christian faith. The first step, while it may seem obvious, is the foundation upon which all the other steps lie: Recognize your role as a reader. After the thirteen weeks is up I will be making …

Abbe’s Song: Songs I Have Written And The Stories Behind Them 4 of 5

I’m a singer songwriter. There was a period in my life when I wrote a lot of songs. I also rewrote a lot of old Hymns. Now that I am a full time Pastor and father of 3 I don’t write much anymore. In this series I will be sharing with you some of the songs I have written and …

A Hole In Our Atonement: The cross DID NOT reconcile us to God.

When we as evangelicals speak of the essence of the atonement most of us think of the cross.  J.I. Packer says regarding the essence of the atonement… “How then did the cross actually redeem us, through Jesus’ death? By reconciling us to God, ending the alienation and estrangement that were previously there, linking God and us together in new harmony, …

6 Reasons Why Anger That Leads To Violence Is An Indelible Nuance In a Legitimate Biblical Theory of Atonement.

Because anger that leads to violence is not always the product of evil. Psalm 7:11, Matthew 25:31-46 Because anger that leads to violence is not always unrighteous. Ephesians 4:26-27, Psalm 78:65-66 Because anger that leads to violence is something Jesus experienced from the Father. Romans 3:25, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 2:17 Because anger that leads to violence does not always beget more …

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Mountainside: Songs I Have Written And The Stories Behind Them 3 of 5

I’m a singer songwriter. There was a period in my life when I wrote a lot of songs. I also rewrote a lot of old Hymns. Now that I am a full time Pastor and father of 3 I don’t write much anymore. In this series I will be sharing with you some of the songs I have written and …

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Abraham & Isaac: Songs I Have Written And The Stories Behind Them 1 of 5

I’m a singer songwriter. There was a period in my life when I wrote a lot of songs. I also rewrote a lot of old Hymns. Now that I am a full time Pastor and father of 3 I don’t write much anymore. In this series I will be sharing with you some of the songs I have written and …

Finally! A Church Experience You Can Make It Through!

Among our church board the topic of Church attendance has been a big discussion lately. We have read every book on the subject. Though books like Purpose Driven Church, Becoming a Contagious Christian, and Sticky Church all have their good points we have found that none of them really deal with what we feel to be the big issue the …

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Five Reasons Why We Chose Public School

When my wife and I began sending our children to public school it was a tough decision. Several prominent Christian leaders and friends promoted homeschool as if it went hand in hand with the Gospel. But Abbe and I decided that the gospel wasn’t really that important. I wanted to take a moment and share with you how we made …

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What is Fundamentalism?

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So my son is ten right now. I am going to be coaching his little league baseball team. That means i will be teaching a lot of little kids the fundamentals of baseball. I always tell my son “practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect”. As he begins his journey through different sports or any discipline for that …

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Hey can I borrow the keys to the Church?

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Do you remember the first time your mom or dad handed you the car keys? I was 16. I remember the heavy feeling of freedom and responsibility churning in my stomach as I started my mom’s little blue Ford Ranger. The car couldn’t start soon enough and new chapter in my life had roared to life with turn of a …

The Local Church: “Library Model?” or “Garden Model?”

I love books, and learning new things through reading. So you would think it would be a natural fit. A large building with tables, books, artwork, comfy chairs, etc I wouldn’t consider myself a Library hater but a Library is not for me anymore. I have thought about this for a while now and I’ve come up with three simple …

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God the Galactic Narcissist?

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Perhaps you have grown up with an indelible image of God pressed into your brain through teaching and preaching that seems to boil everything in the Christian life down to God getting Glory. Not that God getting glory is a bad thing. God is glorified and should be but how and why?  Able Baker Able is the lead pastor of …

Pastor Able’s “Thirteen Reference Books Every Pastor Should Have”

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Here is a list of reference books that have been a tremendous help to me in my teaching and preaching.  Christian Theology by Alister McGrath (The who, what, where, when, how, and why of what we believe as Evangelicals) The Christian Theology Reader by Alister McGrath (Read the 350+ theological texts from 2000 years of Christian theology. Companion to McGrath’s Christian …

A Song For Martin Luther King Day

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Here is one of my favorite old hymns. Written by an ex slave trader John Newton. I asked the Lord that I might grow In faith, and love, and every grace; Might more of His salvation know, And seek, more earnestly, His face. ‘Twas He who taught me thus to pray, And He, I trust, has answered prayer! But it …

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Three common misunderstandings of human depravity.

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No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity) As a pastor I hear a lot of discussion about what’s wrong with this or that. I also hear many solutions being confidently made political and otherwise in light of these discussions. But one of the things that is most troublesome is the …

The Six Spaces We Interpret The Bible In.

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The Bible is not a Chilton’s auto repair manual  (because we are not machines) if it were we would have far fewer differences among scholars concerning interpretation. Able Baker Able is the lead pastor of Christ Evangelical & Reformed Church (Hardin, Montana) and has been a senior pastor for ten years. He has a passion for rural ministry, enjoys reading, …

STOP! Just Because It Is In The Bible Doesn’t Mean You Should Preach It On Sunday.

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Here is a tip for the new pastors out there ready like race horses to preach “the whole counsel of God” to your people. Just because it’s in the Bible does not mean you should preach it on Sunday. I’m an idiot. God likes to call idiots to the pulpit ministry because we are usually the only ones who will listen to …

“Trickle Down Theonomics”

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As a pastor, I find it t’s easy to pour through theological books and articles during the week.  Able Baker Able is the lead pastor of Christ Evangelical & Reformed Church (Hardin, Montana) and has been a senior pastor for ten years. He has a passion for rural ministry, enjoys reading, movies, playing sports, chess, coffee, beer, watching MMA, MLB, …

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“What begins in love will probably end there”.

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1 John 4:10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sin. Able Baker Able is the lead pastor of Christ Evangelical & Reformed Church (Hardin, Montana) and has been a senior pastor for ten years. He has a passion for rural ministry, enjoys …

Seven Odd Things Every Solo Rural Pastor Needs in Their Back Pocket.

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Here are some figurative and not so figurative things I have learned to keep handy on my journey as a solo rural pastor. If you have any to add throw them into the post as well. Help a brother out!  A Hat Collection: Are you a “jack of all trades master of none” kind of person? The life of a solo …

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21 Things You Might Not Know About Your Pastor & Family.

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He cannot afford the books he just bought to help him serve you better.  He has worked over five weeks in a row without a day off several times this year and the only one who knows are his wife and kids. Yes he probably knows all the gossip about you (though he will say he has heard nothing)  and …