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My Church

Life
If you were a regular reader of this blog once upon a time, you probably don't may remember that I was a member of the Polk City Evangelical Free Church. For reasons I won't get into today, that church no longer remains. The people of PCEFC have scattered. Many joined another church in town that bought the building, some went to other towns and other churches, some just stopped going altogether. This all happened in conjunction with a very traumatic event in my life and I was uprooted from the support of the local body at the worst possible time. During this period of turmoil, a man who I had met through the blogosphere (do people still say that?) contacted me to tell me that he had moved into the area and had…
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In Tribute to John Piper

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Most of the people who read this blog are very familiar with the work of John Piper. John is the pastor for preaching & vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is also the author of many books and other resources, all of which I recommend to you without exception. He is most noted for the book "Desiring God" which asserts that the chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever. Pastor John is in his final year in his current role at his church, and there is already a successor in place to continue the ministry of Bethlehem Baptist. He isn't going to disappear, but with his ministry behind the pulpit winding down, I wanted to share just a few thoughts. I first…
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Naked and Unashamed

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Without question, the book of the Bible I've read the most times has to be Genesis. This is for a number of reasons. To my credit, I love the book and love to explore various questions that come up as I read it both on my own and with others. To my shame, it is the first book in the Bible and I have numerous failed attempts to re-read the Bible from cover to cover. That's one way to get really familiar with Genesis! One question that has been nagging at my brain is the concept of Adam and Eve being naked and unashamed. Don't worry, by the way, I plan to keep this post rated G. Having said that, I'll ask again. What does it mean to be naked…
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Blogging Intentionally

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In my reboot post of this blog, I did something I hadn't done before. I laid out the focus of my blog. In the past, I kept it pretty vague, as if that would give me license to write about things outside of a set of parameters. To be honest with you, I set up needless boundaries for myself all too often and I tear down important boundaries too often as well. I think that one helpful way to live within the good boundaries of life is to live intentionally. And one helpful way to live intentionally is to come out and say that this is your goal. There are many ways to do this. I know many families from church who have a household mission statement displayed in a prominent place…
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Has it really been four years?

Life
If you are reading this post because it just popped up in your RSS reader, that's wonderful but you may want to go through your reader and remove the old links. Just sayin'. Allow me to re-introduce myself. My name is Doug McHone and this is my blog. This blog has taken me from my home in central Iowa to conferences as close as Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Minneapolis and as far as Los Angeles. I was never as happy in my life as I was when I was reading and meditating about biblical matters and blogging my thoughts. I used to think that my blogging time was fairly recent until I reactivated this website and pondered bringing in my archives from before. I was shocked to see that my…
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The Path of Least Resistance

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Doug-Wondering why your tagline says that you are walking the path of least resistance? Please explain and use Bible verses before I start using some of my own!  Amy recently asked me what the big deal is about walking this path of least resistance that I bring up from time to time. On occasion, I will ask someone about something they have blogged about and get that sort of response, so I’ll just provide such a link (done) and try to explain where I’m coming from.  Psalm 25:4-5 Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. If you take the word “way” out of…
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Introduction

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Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise: seek what they sought. -Basho I debated the use of a non-Christian quote to begin this post, but it really sums up what I am doing here. I could follow the book I’m reading and trust in John Piper’s wisdom in what he says and I can trust that the Biblical passages he cites are accurate, or I can follow along in my Bible and see where his information is coming from. I do trust the word of Mr. Piper, but I don’t want to follow in his footsteps. I am seeking what he once sought. The Introduction to Desiring God is entitled, “How I Became a Christian Hedonist.” I will admit that I was a bit guarded at that title…
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Preface

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The following post is the beginning of a project to read through the Book “Desiring God” by John Piper along with a dear Brother in Christ by the name of Tim Challies. I expressed to him my frustration with this book, as it is much deeper reading than anything I have read since college. It is not spiritual milk, it is spiritual meat. In fact, I have referred to it as a full-course meal, and it is a book that I would experience some difficulty navigating without a wingman. Tim has set an example for me by offering to read it with me, so we can discuss some of the points of the book. At the present, I have only read the first few chapters, but I can already see that…
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God Loves You More Than Pickle Juice

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My son loved pickles when he was younger and still does. Pickles were actually the first thing he asked from Santa, and you better believe he had a big jar of pickles under that Christmas tree! A few years ago (has it been that long?) my son and I were talking about God's love. I told him that no matter what we've done, no matter who we are, God would always love us more than anything in the world. He turned to me and said, "Even more than pickle juice?" "Yes Ben," I answered, "Even more than pickle juice" The look in his eyes told me that the message had gotten across. That evening I wrote this story after reading him a book before bedtime. Farmer Ron loves pickles. Each spring, he…
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Persnickety

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At first I thought it wasn’t a real word. It was just something that came to mind-probably due to an overabundance of the Nickelodeon cartoons that my son can?t get enough of. Persnickety. An odd enough sounding word that would fool my 4-year old son in a way that I felt necessary. Persnickety. My greatest triumph as a father and also my biggest failing, for I allowed my morals and the upbringing of my child to be compromised. Let me explain… My son is a good boy. He minds my wife and me. He picks up after himself (with a little prodding). He even minds us when we’re out in public. But a few months ago, someone told him that is was fun to use certain words that I don’t…
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