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Apple Seeds and the Northeast Regional Assembly of Elders

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An apple seed is really small, but with a seemingly immeasurable inside. Inside the miniscule there is the massive. One seed has within it a tree which will “give birth” to hundreds of apples which can generate a thousand orchards able to produce millions more apples. It is—in C.S. Lewis’s memorable line in The Last Battle—“bigger on the...

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The Gathering Northeast: Building Together, Serving Together

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As the director of Sovereign Grace Music, one of my roles is to help Sovereign Grace churches consistently evaluate what we’re doing musically on Sunday mornings in light of God’s Word. To that end, this past weekend about 250 people from over 40 churches gathered for a weekend of singing, training, teaching, and fellowship at Covenant Fellowship Church i...

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WorshipGod 2015: TRIUNE Registration Now Open!

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In July 2014 Sovereign Grace Music held its first WorshipGod conference on the Trinity in Santa, Ana, CA. It was such a rich time we decided to repeat that theme for WorshipGod 2015: TRIUNE. The dates are July 29–August 1, and we’re excited to be coming back to Highview Baptist East in Louisville, KY. Christians can sometimes thin...

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Join Us for The Gathering: Northeast Regional Worship Conference

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Hosted by Covenant Fellowship Church, The Gathering: Northeast is a worship conference that seeks to equip pastors, worship leaders, musicians, and anyone who wants to grow in worshiping God. Our goal will be to understand better how the gospel is the heart of our gatherings and how we can ensure people leave our times together with a greater love for God’s glory in ...

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Snapshots of Pastors College Graduates: Bruce Chick

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Over the coming weeks, we will be sharing with you a series of snapshots—brief glimpses into the lives of men who have attended the Pastors College. It is most encouraging to hear how that experience has shaped them and how it is now serving them in their ministry roles in Sovereign Grace churches. As we look forward to next year, please pray with us that the Lo...

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Celebrating God’s Faithfulness in 2014

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As most of us do this time of year, I’ve spent some time reflecting on 2014. As I’ve pondered this past year, these verses from Psalm 111 came to mind: The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy; they are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness. He sent redemption to his people; he has...

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Is Our Church Partnership Biblical?

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This is the second post in a series on church partnerships. Read the first post. Here is the way the New Testament is not written: “Then Paul reviewed the ordination guidelines that had been forwarded to him and had a robust discussion with the Ordination Committee. Meanwhile in Jerusalem, Peter drafted several proposed changes to the Book of Church Order related to...

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Local Ministry, Unstable Foundations, and Church Partnership

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This post is the first in a series on encouraging strong, meaningful church partnerships. I want to convince you about the importance of real, biblical partnership between churches––the kind that involves councils and committees and even a Book of Church Order––and I want to do this by telling you about a house I once almost bought. Miraculously, ...

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What We're Reading This Summer

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Tomorrow is the first day of Summer. This time of year is a great opportunity to get outside, enjoy God’s creation, and work through your piles of books. As one who enjoys recommendations from others, I asked our leadership team to share with you what they hope to read this summer and why they’ve picked those books. Here are some of their responses: Mark Prat...

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Why We Won’t Hand Over Control of Our Churches [Part 3]

This is Part 3 in a series on church governance. Read Part 1 and Part 2. If you believe in the primacy of the local church and the sober call of local pastors to give account for their local flock, perhaps you have been wrestling with the issue of handing over control to an extra-local ministry. As one who feels the same sober responsibility, I want to share the last 2 of...

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Why We Won’t Hand Over Control of Our Churches [Part 2]

This is Part 2 in a series on church governance. Read Part 1 and Part 3. As I said in my previous post, some pastors have been wrestling with the issue of handing over control of their church to an extra-local ministry. As a committed Congregationalist, who takes very seriously the charge to local pastors to care for and lead their local flock, I wanted to share some the ...

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Why We Won’t Hand Over Control of Our Churches [Part 1]

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This is Part 1 in a series on church governance. Read Part 2 and Part 3. Handing Over Control? I know some pastors have been wrestling with the issue of handing over control of their church to an extra-local ministry. As a committed Congregationalist, in terms of extra-local polity, I thought it might be helpful to share my perspective for what it’s worth. I share ...

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