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Posted 4/16/14 at 11:46 PM | Duke Taber |


A Vineyard Pastor’s Response To Ken Wilson’s Book, “A Letter To My Congregation”

I became a pastor in the Association of Vineyard churches 4 years ago. As I have gotten to know this family of Evangelical pastors and churches, I have found them to hold dear the same values that I have had since I planted my first church in 1988…….until now. As I write this, I must make one thing clear. I am not speaking in any capacity for Vineyard USA or its leadership. I am speaking for myself as a pastor within the association who loves the Vineyard, loves being a part of the larger body of Christ and who does his best to reach out to people regardless of where they find themselves in life.

In February, Ken Wilson, the Pastor of the Ann Arbor Michigan Vineyard Church released a book called “A Letter To My Congregation”. In this book, Ken changes his position on the LGBT issue as it pertains to gay marriage and appointing gays to leadership, including pastoral leadership. FULL POST

Posted 4/8/14 at 11:29 AM | Duke Taber |


Restoring Fallen Leaders

This article was first published on Modern Christian Living Magazine

I have been a pastor since 1988. During that time I have seen many sad instances where a Pastor or other church leader falls into moral failure. In almost every instance the church and church institutions were not prepared to deal with the entire scope of the failure. It is my hope that this article on restoring fallen leaders will give you some biblical principles if you are faced with what to do when your pastor or other church leader falls into moral failure.

I am not coming at this from a theological perspective. I am sure you know and understand your own theology much better than I do. I am coming from a practical standpoint and hope to give you an outline that then you can hang your theology upon and apply it to your local situation. There is however one thing that we must be in agreement on. We must agree that God not only desires but wants to restore fallen leaders. To the extent that the person can be restored can be open to your particular church’s or denomination’s interpretation of scripture but we have to agree that restoration is possible otherwise what I am going to give you will be of no use to you. Just go and move forward with your disciplinary and punitive measures and go on. This article is for those that believes that there is a much more excellent way. FULL POST

Posted 4/2/14 at 11:52 PM | Duke Taber |


Where are the Soldiers of the Cross?

This article was first published on Modern Christian Living Magazine

We have a problem. It is a problem of monumental proportions. It really has nothing to do with doctrines, creeds, or culture. It is more basic than these things. It has nothing to do with polls, church attendance, or the millennial generation. It is more basic than these as well. It goes down to the deepest part of Christian character. It affects every aspect of what it means to be a follower of Jesus. What is the problem? Christians have become pacifists concerning their faith.

Allow me to take you for a moment back in time in hymnody. Do you remember singing these songs in church?

“Onward Christian soldiers, marching as to war, with the cross of Jesus going on before. Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe; forward into battle see his banners go!” FULL POST

Posted 3/20/14 at 11:49 AM | Duke Taber |


10 Myths Concerning Charismatics and Pentecostals

This article was first published on Spirit Filled Christian Living

I have been a Spirit filled Christian for over 34 years. During that time I have heard almost every argument imaginable against the Spirit filled lifestyle. So, I thought this would be a good time to list for you some of the myths that people believe concerning Spirit filled living.

10 Myths About Spirit Filled Living And Spirit Filled Believers.

Myth #1; Spiritual Gifts Prove Spiritual Character

In our culture, we glorify and glamorize people with special abilities. Whether it is sports abilities, musical abilities, or speaking abilities, we seem to think that they are something better than the rest of ordinary humanity.

Unfortunately many Spirit filled Christians allow this worldly attitude to pervade how they perceive people with powerful spiritual gifts. FULL POST

Posted 2/25/14 at 12:44 AM | Duke Taber |


10 Types of Men That Women Should Avoid Like the Plague

This article was first published on Modern Christian Living Magazine

Recently I have been having dinners with groups of people from my church. One of the groups that I met with was a group of single women. Of course in our discussion the subject of how to find a good man came up. I have always believed God is in the matchmaking business. If He can do it for me, He can do it for them and you.

These ladies would very much like to find the right guy. They tell me the pickings are slim to none at the church, so they have ventured into the world of online dating. They are almost to the point of throwing up their hands in despair, wondering if there are any decent Christian guys left anywhere. They’ve begun to wonder if they should lower their standards in order to find a mate. FULL POST

Posted 1/30/14 at 11:22 AM | Duke Taber |

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9 Dumb Things Pastors Should Never Do

This article was first published on Spirit Filled Christian Living

One of my favorite movies of all time is Forrest Gump. Every time somebody asks Forrest if he is stupid, Forrest replies “stupid is as stupid does.”

There are some really stupid things that pastors should avoid at all costs. You would think that these things would be no brainers but after 34 years of being a believer in Jesus I have seen men and women of God engage in each of these things and they have never turned out to be a good thing.

Don’t get me wrong. I love pastors. I love people who have dedicated themselves to serving God. I just know that at times we all need correction. It is my prayer that if you find you are engaging in one of these things, you will hear the voice of the Lord in Proverbs when it says. FULL POST

Posted 1/24/14 at 10:03 AM | Duke Taber |


9 Ways To Become Spiritually On Fire

This article was first published on Spirit Filled Christian Living

“Get on fire for God and men will come and see you burn.” ― John Wesley

For a large portion of my life I have lived and worked in snow country. It is only just recently that God has given me my heart’s desire to live in a warm climate near the beach. Only just the other week, it was a sunny 70 degrees here while it was -55 degrees with the wind chill where I last pastored. I have never been a cold weather guy.

Recently I have been thinking about what the Apostle Paul meant when He was talking about being fervent in spirit in Romans 12:11

not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; FULL POST

Posted 1/20/14 at 5:07 PM | Duke Taber |


Understanding The Spiritual Discipline Of Fasting

This article was first published on Spirit Filled Christian Living

Early in my Christian life I decided I wanted to go on a fast. I went up to my parents cabin on Mt. Hood in Oregon and set out to fast. It wasn’t a pure fast. I brought orange juice with me. But it was my first attempt at seeking God to hear His voice through a fast. I lasted 36 hours. I wanted to go much longer.

When I got home, I told my youth pastor what I did. He seemed impressed. He told me he had never gone on a fast. Only later did I realize that most Christians do not participate in the discipline of fasting. In my opinion, they are losing out on a great way to grow closer to the Lord. So hopefully by the time you are done reading this article, you will understand clearly why it is important for Spirit filled Christians to fast as a part of their spiritual life. FULL POST

Posted 1/17/14 at 1:51 PM | Duke Taber

Getting Over Church Hurts

This article was first published on Spirit Filled Christian Living.

We expect to be persecuted and hurt by the world. That is just the nature of the world. However many times it takes us by total surprise when people in the church send hurts our direction. What do you do when people who are part of the church hurt you? How do you deal with the pain and find the place of healing? What are you supposed to do? How do you handle it? Leave the church? Confront the issue? Bury it? Lash out at the person who hurt you? When people are hurt by a church or church member, how can this conflict be resolved? What does this Bible say about this and how do you practically walk that out?

I have been a part of the church for over 34 years now. I have been in pastoral ministry since 1988. Currently I am leading my own church through a process of healing and reconciliation because of wounds that have happened in the past to people. Here are a few of the things I have learned in getting over church hurts. FULL POST

Posted 1/8/14 at 10:50 AM | Duke Taber |

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Say Hello To Inner Healing

This article was first published on Spirit Filled Christian Living

Mark 11:15

But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”

Life can sometimes suck and we get hurt, but Jesus is full of healing!

It does not matter if you are a minister, pastor’s wife, board member, or individual believer, there are times that we get hurt. None of us are exempt. As we move on to start a new year, now is the time to take a look at those wounds of the past and find the freedom and healing that is available from Jesus through forgiveness.

Identifying The Source Of The Inner Wound

At first glance we think we can identify the source of the inner wound by naming the person who hurt us. No matter if it was a parent, family member, spouse, children, friend, fellow minister, board member, or congregants? The closer the relationship, the deeper the hurt. However was it actually the person that wounded you, or what you did with the wound that caused it become so terrible? FULL POST

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