But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Monday, 09 July 2018 21:30

The True(st) Man

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Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. — Psalm 1:5-6

You and I are starving for the glory of God. Underneath all the desires, all the...

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I just wrapped up my first experience with ministry coaching (via Tailored Coach), and had a great time with some great guys. I enjoyed it so much, I decided to go another round. So, beginning next month (August), I will be offering another 6 months of ministry coaching via Tailored Coach. The...

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Wednesday, 04 July 2018 23:10

Mister Rogers’s Deathbed Confession

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I went with my family earlier this week to see the new Fred Rogers documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Overall it was an excellent film, and we enjoyed it very much. As I said in my night-of tweet thread, you and I could quibble with portions of it — the filmmaker seems intent on...

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Monday, 02 July 2018 23:16

Preach Like Keith Green Sang

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I know I’m dating myself here, but I just don’t think the Church has produced a musician in the last 30 years equally passionate as talented as the late Keith Green. He’s probably not my favorite Christian artist, but he was certainly the most influential on me, particularly over...

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Thursday, 21 June 2018 22:16

Where I’ll Be, Summer 2018

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Every now and then, for those who are interested, I share selections from my upcoming speaking dates. If you’re in any of these areas and able to attend, would be great to meet you.

Tomorrow I’ll be heading down undah for the second time this year. I’ll be speaking at the Oxygen...

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018 23:34

That Little Red Hen Was a Pharisee

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Can I tell you that I hate the folktale of “The Little Red Hen”? I remember it from my childhood, and I remember coming across it in little storybooks when my kids were little, and I always skipped it. I just don’t like it. I know the morals it hopes to teach are good ones...

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Monday, 11 June 2018 21:30

Who’re You Gonna Sin With?

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The late pioneer of Christian rock Larry Norman once sang, “Everybody has to choose whether they will win or lose, follow God or sing the blues, and who they’re gonna sin with.” I’ve always thought that was pretty clever. Because when you get right down to it, we are all...

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Ever feel like the average pastors’ conference wasn’t quite for you? Wish the average pastors’ conference spoke to the pastors who were a little more . . . well, average? Last year we introduced The Normal Pastor Conference in Orlando for any church leader who may feel a little...

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Monday, 04 June 2018 21:30

8 Contrasting Signs of an Insecure Leader

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Insecurity doesn’t always manifest itself in the same way. For many people, it looks like anxiety, nervousness, or timidity. But did you know that arrogance, domineering, and short-temperedness are also signs of insecurity? (Both timidity and domination have at their roots a concern about...

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Monday, 07 May 2018 23:44

A Normal Week in the Life of a Pastor

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Even though I have been out of the pastorate now three years, I’m still asked quite frequently what a pastor’s normal work week should look like. The answer is always, “It depends.” It depends on one’s missional context, the size of one’s church and support team,...

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“When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments.” – 2 Timothy 4:13

One thing we see looking back at great movements of God (revivals and reformations) prompted by gospel preaching is that the preachers weren’t...

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Monday, 23 April 2018 21:00

The Father’s Not Tsk-Tsk’ing

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I will bear the indignation of the Lord because I have sinned against him, until he pleads my cause and executes judgment for me. He will bring me out to the light; I shall look upon his vindication.– Micah 7:9

How long does the Lord’s indignation land on us for our sin? Until our cause...

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I have made no secret of how impactful—yes I know that’s not a word—Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together has been in my life. I have read it a few times over the last several years, but the first time I read it was in the context of a men’s small group in my church...

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Friday, 06 April 2018 01:02

Preaching Your People Toward Mission

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How do we preach toward good evangelistic engagement? If, as many younger evangelicals of the gospel-centered persuasion believe, we aren’t to turn our Sunday service into a seeker-targeted evangelistic event, in what sense might the sermon time fuel the missional impulse in our churches to...

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Tuesday, 06 March 2018 20:00

The Right Kind of Mysticism

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God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and in truth. — John 4:24

One of the problems with “mysticism” as it pertains to Christian life and ministry is just how hard-to-define the concept actually is. In one breath, a person may refer to the classical...

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Thursday, 01 March 2018 20:30

Pastor, Be What You Want to See

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God forbids pastoral domineering but commands instead “being examples to the flock” (1 Pet. 5:3). Therefore, pastor, whatever you are, your church will eventually become. If you are a loudmouth boaster, your church will gradually become known for loudmouth boasting. If you are a...

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 20:30

The Gospel’s Compelling Uniqueness

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It is impossible to be ambivalent about Jesus. He said so himself (Matt. 12:30). It should come as no surprise, then, to see that as Jesus traveled around preaching, teaching, and doing ministry, he had an immensely polarizing effect on those he encountered. Some responded in loving awe and others...

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My publisher Thomas Nelson has made available a FREE study guide for readers of my new book Supernatural Power for Everyday People: Experiencing God’s Extraordinary Spirit in Your Ordinary Life. You can download the guide (pdf) at the book’s page on my author website here.

And thanks for...

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Thursday, 22 February 2018 20:30

You’re Rich—Now What?

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So we urged Titus that just as he had begun, so he should also complete among you this act of grace. — 2 Corinthians 8:6

Paul uses a curious phrase here, saying that Titus could “complete the grace” given to him by passing on what he’d been given. It sounds on the surface...

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 20:30

Why We Should Use the Language of Brokenness

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It’s an opinion that pops up in my social media feeds every now and again from well-meaning believers critical of the therapeutic influence on Christian preaching and teaching. “Stop saying people are broken. They’re sinful. That’s the problem.” Or some variation of...

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My new book Supernatural Power for Everyday People: Experiencing God’s Extraordinary Spirit in Your Ordinary Life released just a few weeks ago. Here are some quotable highlights:

1. When we relegate our intentionality with God to a minute fraction of our time, it’s no wonder we feel...

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Monday, 12 February 2018 23:13

Repenting of Confirmation Bias Christianity

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confirmation biasThe tendency to interpret new evidence as confirmation of one’s existing beliefs or theories.

“All of our hearts are idol factories,” John Calvin once said. We are never not worshiping. But there is one big idol all our little manufactured idols themselves...

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Monday, 05 February 2018 23:40

Growing Old Graciously

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Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts. — Psalm 90:12

I have officially entered that season of life where we talk about life having “seasons.” I’m getting old, y’all. I am daily, officially, unceremoniously getting old....

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018 20:00

Where I’ll Be, Spring 2018

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Every now and then, for those who are interested, I share selections from my upcoming speaking dates. If you’re in any of these areas and able to attend, would be great to meet you.

This weekend I’ll be speaking at the Downline Ministries Summit in Memphis, TN.

February 23-24, 2018 &ndash...

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Monday, 29 January 2018 22:58

The Revisionist History of the Gospel

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Do you ever get the sense from any of the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ calling his disciples that he is looking for the cream of the crop?

Does it appear as if Jesus is making a bee-line for the seminaries and the synagogues to find the A-list ministry studs?

Even after three years walking side by...

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