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
In a previous article, I wrote that seminary cannot prepare anyone to be a pastor. Only a church, guided by the Holy Spirit, can truly qualify a man for ministry. By its very nature, the field of pastoral leadership is fraught with such incredible difficulties that we must say with the apostle...
I could tell he was nervous. My oldest son Timothy and I had been working on his catching and fielding skills for months, and it was the first T-ball practice of the season. As much as I tried to temper his expectations, he wanted nothing more than to show his coach and his team how well he could...
The work of church revitalization brings many surprises. Each dying congregation has its own quirks, blind spots, and sins that led to a nearly lifeless situation.
Eight years into my own church revitalization work, I have learned a number of lessons I didn’t necessarily expect to when I...
In the evangelical church, humble leadership is one of the hardest things to pull off. Each year, the church seems to hear yet another story about a pastor who has bulldozed people, rubbing congregants the wrong way, and not carrying himself like a minister of the gospel of peace should. Sometimes,...
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Authors: Jarvis Williams...
I used to serve as the deacon of grounds at our church, and weeds were my worst enemies. Weeds are the bullies of the domestic plant world. They steal the precious resources needed for growth from your grass and flowers, and they make no apologies about it. So, they must die. A yardman accepts this...
The most important time to be at church is when you don’t feel like it.
A few months ago, I talked with three Christians about this—two struggling with depression, and a third who just went through a tough break-up—who’ve stopped gathering with God’s people during a...
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Authors: Stephen J. Wellum
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Authors: Daniel I. Block
Authors: Elliott E. Johnson
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Authors: Thomas R. Schreiner
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Authors: G. K. Beale
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Authors: Peter J. Gentry
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It’s a question that burns in the minds of many young pastors after they surrender to God’s call to ministry. Should I go to seminary? There are many good reasons to attend a biblically faithful seminary or divinity school, but there are also many false notions that have grown up around...
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