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This weekend we at the Summit celebrated Vision Weekend, as we rejoiced in what God has done at our church over the past year—and look forward to what he might do through us in the future. God consistently told the Old Testament people of God to stop and reflect on what he had done for them, even building monuments to his mighty works. We want to do the same, not so that we can pat ourselves on the back, but to remind ourselves that God isn’t done working in Raleigh-Durham.

Even though there are so many reasons for us to celebrate 2014—over 5,000 first-time guests, 119 adoptive/foster families, hundreds of baptisms—I never want us stop dreaming big. So as I think of 2015, I have several prayers for The Summit Church.

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Your weekly installment of things we’ve been reading around the web.

Book Review of the Week

The Mingling of Souls: God’s Design for Love, Marriage, Sex, and Redemption, Matt Chandler. Reviewed by Aaron Armstrong. “There are a dizzying number of marriage books available on the market—well over 150,000, in fact. And a few of them are even good. Clearly, we have a lot to talk about. With so many titles available, one has to wonder: what else is there to say? Can an author write a book on marriage that genuinely adds something of value? Thankfully, the answer is yes. And Matt Chandler’s latest, The Mingling of Souls: God’s Design for Love, Marriage, Sex, and Redemption, is a great example.”

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Growing up in a Baptist church doesn’t make for an attitude that is high on tradition—at least not capital “T” Tradition. Tradition, for many Baptists, is something “those Catholics” are all about. Baptists, we tell ourselves, we’re all about the Bible.

It sounds good. But the problem, as anyone who has been in any church for any length of time can tell you, is that we all create traditions. Some of them are codified and officially protected. But most of our traditions are subconscious, just under the surface. We don’t know we have them until someone comes in messing with them.

Religious traditions aren’t all bad. It’s important, even necessary, to respect our past. But religious traditions can go wrong. The biggest danger is this: our traditions are always at risk of losing the thread of the grace of God.

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