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Top Ten Books read by Pastor Blair in 2020

This year, I read 67 books. (The 'Shelter in Place' order obviously left lots of time for reading). Here is my top ten for the year. I have been asked why I do this. I find it helpful to see if a book had a lasting impact after I read it. Putting together a list like this helps me to reflect on what I read earlier and then later- rediscover if I want to read the book again...

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What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading (from October 2020 through December 2020)

Capps, Matthew Z. Knowing the Bible: Hebrews a 12 Week Study. Crossway: Wheaton, In our devotions, Lisa and I used this study to guide us through the book of Hebrews. There are pros and cons with using it. To its credit, it does capture the Biblical theology of Hebrews. And in addition, it does point out the relationship of the book to the gospel message. However, the qu...

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Did the Grinch Steal Christmas?

By now, you are aware of the elder's decision to have livestream only worship for the next three weeks. Already, I have received some negative feedback from that decision. So, I thought it prudent to communicate to the church body my own perspective. First, there was not a single elder that did not agonize over this decision. We, all to a man, know how important it is t...

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2020 Annual Elder Report

It may be that this is the first time that you have participated in one of our annual business meetings. Every year, the elders try to report on the state of the church. We look back to 2019 for the goals that we set for 2020, record how we are doing -as well as giving you an idea of the next steps for coming year for our church body. Who would have known at our last annua...

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