Fenton Five

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This Fenton Five consists of quotes from the new devotional book, Short But Sure Steps On The Character Path. 5. Asking God to “bless” is asking for strength to engage, not for help to escape. 4. Anxiety is the breeding ground for greed. 3. Baptism without conversion is only spiritual cosmetic surgery. 2. Christian teaching […]

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Fenton Five

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The media is biased. Before you think this is going be another rant about the media, allow me to get to the point. The media is biased, and so are all of us. What really makes us angry is to find that their bias is different than our bias. The stories we repeat and the […]

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Fenton Five

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5. Since I announced in April that I am retiring on August 28, several people have visited with me both about the church’s transition and my transition. While I am weary of hearing the word “transition,” it does describe an essential life principle. Years ago I heard that all pastors are interims, and only the […]

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Fenton Five

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5. Millennials now out number Baby Boomers. Big deal? or Big Deal! I chose the exclamation mark option. This interesting, numerical fact is influencing our country now and will influence it even more in the days to come. If you don’t believe it, just ask Hillary Clinton, as the millenials are the foot soldiers in […]

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The Fenton Five

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5. The rejection of the establishment, or maybe just the avoiding of it, is more than a 2016 political phenomenon.  It is a cultural shift that impacts almost every area of life.  Uber, the plethora of non-denominational churches, food trucks, home breweries, neighborhood newspapers, cable news, homeschooling, and self-publishing are just some of the ways […]

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Good Friday Five

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5. The Christian virtue that is to be practiced on Good Friday is repentance. We generally pay “lip service” to repentance because we think it is something we do with our lips. But thinking that saying “I am sorry” is repentance is like assuming that taking pain medication cures cancer. Repentance is: 1) the attitude […]

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Fenton’s Friday Five

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Fenton’s Friday Five has arrived early! Shhh… and please do not tell anyone. Releasing this confidential information could get me expelled from the Preacher’s Union. Christmas has not always been one of my favorite holidays. I could give you the reasons, but I will spare you the angst of my childhood. (With apologies to my […]

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