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About gavinmcroft

I am a Christian, husband, father, local church pastor and aspiring writer (aren't we all.) Thanks for viewing my thoughts.

How to (Really) Become a Saint

Well, she had finally done it. On September 4, 2016 Mother Teresa of Calcutta was now officially Saint Teresa of Calcutta. She was proclaimed a Saint by Pope Francis and the Catholic church, despite open criticism by many of the … Continue reading

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Monergistic Swimming in God’s Salvation

I’ve been thinking a lot about salvation and how God saves lately. I feel it is important for a pastor to be able to articulate how God goes about saving His children. The theological term for this is soteriology, the … Continue reading

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It has happened again… again (again)

This is a blog I wrote in February 2018 as well as December 2012. I have left it almost entirely unchanged except updating the numbers and dates.  “It has happened again.” Those are the words that I wrote more than … Continue reading

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It has happened again… again

“It has happened again.” Those are the words that I wrote more than five years ago during our Sunday Night worship service after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary located in Newtown, Connecticut. Since December 2012 I counted 114 shootings … Continue reading

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Good riddance 2017! Really?! (A reprise)

This is a reprise of a blog post I wrote this time last year. I literally just changed the date. But the argument is still valid one year later.  I get it! 2017 has kind of sucked. Really. Tragedy after tragedy. … Continue reading

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A brief meditation for those who are anxious

1 Peter 5:7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. What does it mean to cast something? You may think of fishing and casting your line into the water. Perhaps that is a fit analogy. We … Continue reading

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Who can observe communion?

I was recently told about a church service where, before communion was observed, a leader stood up and read from 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 and stated that “anyone, sinner or Christian, can take communion because Christ opened it up to all.” … Continue reading

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