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Posted 8/20/14 at 11:31 AM | Duke Taber

Millennials, Here is Why the Church Isn't Listening to You.

 This article is syndicated from Modern Christian Living Magazine with permission

I remember being 20 something. I remember being 30 something. Those were some of the most frustrating years of my life. I honestly thought I knew it all. 20 plus years later, I still don’t know it all but at least I stopped thinking I did.

Recently I read an article by another Millennial passing on a mantra that has been passed down since time immemorial from one generation to another. It is another rendition of “the sky is falling and you need to listen to us”. Just listen to this rendition. FULL POST

Posted 6/24/14 at 8:14 AM | Duke Taber

Southern Baptist And Vineyard Churches Blasted By Focus On The Family Fundraising Letter

Friday I received an email from a concerned member of my church because of an email that was sent to them by Focus on the Family. Until now I have always held Focus on the Family in high regard. That does not mean I have always agreed with them, but I have always felt that they were an ethical ministry that worked in cooperation with the larger family of Evangelical Christians. Never in my wildest dreams would I ever have believed that they would use painful and heartbreaking situations within the Southern Baptist Convention or the Association of Vineyard Churches for their own personal profit and gain but here is the letter.




How Should the Church Respond to Homosexuality?


  "Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure."

God designed sexual expression to unite a man and a woman in marriage and to represent the union of Christ and His Bride, The Church. FULL POST

Posted 6/16/14 at 11:12 PM | Duke Taber

Are Denominations Evil?

Many times I hear people say that they love Jesus but they hate denominations. They then rattle off a list of complaints that they have about denominations, usually one or two specific denominations and thus conclude that denominations in and of themselves are evil. Today I want to challenge that premise and try to give a balanced view of denominations and eliminate the prejudice leveled against them based on cultural bias, personal pain, or lack of understanding.

In order to deal with this subject we need to first establish a couple of things. We need to start with how Jesus views the church because like it or not, most people who chose to band together in denominations are part of His church.

Jesus started the church.

Matthew 16:18
"And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

The church is the body of Christ

Colossians 1:18
And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

The church is the bride of Christ FULL POST

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

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

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