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, 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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Who has shaped this gospel recovery movement? I’ve thought a lot about the myriad voices speaking into the gospel-centered tribe, mostly for the better, and asked around with quite a few influential folks themselves to compile this list. First, however, a few caveats:

1. The list gets more and...

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My new book Supernatural Power for Everyday People: Experiencing God’s Extraordinary Spirit in Your Ordinary Life releases today! This book is an inspirational and practical guide for believers interested in pursuing a Spirit-filled life.

Would it change your life to know that there is a way...

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Thursday, 18 January 2018 20:00

Maybe You Need to Wave the White Flag

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One of our perennial problems is that we mistake the behavioral tidiness and normalcy of our everyday routines for spiritual tidiness and normalcy. But this is a trap all too common in modern life. We have compartmentalized our spirituality.

What I mean is, too many of us have begun thinking of our...

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Thursday, 11 January 2018 20:00

The Beauty of Conversion

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To many, the Christian doctrine of conversion appears anything but beautiful. They say it’s coercive—“No one will force their beliefs on me!” Or it’s offensive—“Who are you to say that what I believe and how I live is wrong?”

In those senses, of...

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My new book Supernatural Power for Everyday People: Experiencing God’s Extraordinary Spirit in Your Ordinary Life releases on January 23. Below are some kind endorsements from some sweet people.

“A book on supernatural living is something one expects from a charismatic or Pentecostal...

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Thursday, 04 January 2018 20:00

Don’t Make Your Pastor Groan

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It is hard to pin down what is difficult about pastoral ministry for people unfamiliar with it. Many laypeople see their pastor once or twice a week during Lord’s Day worship or a church activity. A few may see him more frequently if they are involved in volunteer ministry or are being...

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I know, I know. I’ve never seemed like the guy who did “coaching.” And I’ve probably done my fair share of making fun of it. But over the last couple of years as I’ve done more church staff and elder training events and conferences, I’ve had some friends suggest...

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I rolled on to Midwestern Seminary campus three winters ago unsure of a whole lot about the school and my place in it. The future looked promising, and the opportunities looked exciting, but I don’t know if I—or anyone—could have predicted the outrageous amount of growth...

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Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.— Hebrews 13:8

Every year at this time as we celebrate the birth of baby Jesus to the virgin Mary, I don’t suppose it occurs to too many merrymakers that what they’re really celebrating is the incarnation. All of the other...

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