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Reducing the Gospel to Magic Formula, Instead of Calling

By John D. Pierce | August 23, 2019

Following Jesus has gone from being a sacrificial, ongoing calling to a sure-step, definable formula, in which one is free to ignore all kinds of things Jesus said and did – and still claim to be Christian.

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By Robert Rhodes | February 8, 2002

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Youth Ministry: Are We Creating Parts Without a Body?

By Johnny Lewis | February 8, 2002

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By Steve Sumerel | February 7, 2002

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