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Blog for Bob Russell - Pastor, Teacher, Author

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    Rodney McCann, a preacher friend of mine, recently contrasted the vulture with the hummingbird. “Both the hummingbird and the vulture fly over our nation’s deserts. All vultures see is rotting meat, because that is what they look for. They thrive on that diet. But hummingbirds ignore the smelly flesh of dead animals. Instead, they look...

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    Joe Rex Kearns died this past Thursday. Joe was 93 years old and quietly graduated into eternity while residing in Batavia, Ohio where he had preached for many years. The name Joe Rex Kearns probably doesn’t mean anything to most who will read this article, but he indirectly impacted thousands who never heard of him....

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    People all over the world were captivated by the plight of a dozen boys and their soccer coach who were trapped in a cave in Thailand for eighteen days. I’m a little claustrophobic, and frankly, that would petrify me. However, as I followed the news reports of their dramatic rescue the past couple of weeks,...

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    Occasionally people ask my opinion on various personal or church issues. I recently received the following question which I have reprinted below, followed by my response. QUESTION Bob, My brother is an alcoholic, and he is dying.  He has been to rehab twice and stayed 30 days each time.  He has chosen to go right...

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    Occasionally people ask my opinion on various personal or church issues. I recently received the following question which I have reprinted below, followed by my response. QUESTION Bob, I’ve struggled for about a year and a half with this question:  at what point does a preacher’s use of other preachers’ sermons become plagiarism?  A year...

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    Occasionally people ask my opinion on various personal or church issues. I recently received the following question which I have reprinted below, followed by my response. QUESTION Hi Mr. Russell, I grew up sitting in church at Southeast Christian listening to you. Much of my Bible knowledge is based on what you taught me.  I...

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    It’s disheartening to read the recent accusations against Bill Hybels, founder, and pastor of the internationally acclaimed Willow Creek Church near Chicago. Hybels has been one of the most influential leaders in the Christian community for the past thirty years. The salacious details of his alleged moral failures have made headlines in prominent news outlets...

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  • 08/19/18--11:49: Let’s Restore Civility
  • Last week’s blog about the current difficulties at Willow Creek Church in Chicago prompted many interesting responses. A couple suggested I had thrown Bill Hybels under the bus before the final verdict was in, which I really tried not to do. Others responded that I had given Bill Hybels too much credibility because he hadn’t...

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    In 1966 Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky was without a preacher.  The three-year-old congregation of 125 people was meeting in the basement of a house. But the elders knew their new congregation had outstanding potential. After searching unsuccessfully for an experienced, capable minister for a year, the elders decided the Lord was leading them...

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    Arizona Senator John McCain died last week. The former Presidential candidate was 81 years old. McCain was a U.S. Naval Academy graduate who flew bombing missions from aircraft carriers during the Vietnam War. In 1967 he was shot down, seriously injured and captured by the North Vietnamese. John McCain was a prisoner of war for...

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    This past Friday Conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro tweeted, “It’s time to end Judicial Hearings. They’re a stupid waste of time.” That’s hyperbole of course, but if you’ve watched the Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh this past week, you have to admit the system doesn’t seem to be working very well. The...

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    Occasionally people ask my opinion on various personal or church issues. I recently received the following question which I have reprinted below, followed by my response. QUESTION Good Afternoon Mr. Russell, My question surrounds the current Nike® Ad Campaign. It is not so much about my feelings regarding Colin Kaepernick but around the bigger issue...

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    This coming week the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to determine the future of Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh. There has been heated disagreement about how to proceed with a last-minute accusation of abuse against him brought by a woman who knew him in High School thirty-six years ago. The resulting political circus has...

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