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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Friday, 18 January 2019 05:57

Four essential elements of evangelism

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Those of us who have been Christians for many years or who have grown up in Christian homes may count the word “evangelism” a regular part of our vocabulary. We may not use it much in our daily conversations, but it’s familiar to us and we’ve heard it often among the members...

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What’s hard about reading 1 Corinthians?
Who is this commentary for?
How do we interpret hard NT texts?
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Wednesday, 16 January 2019 23:13

New Boyce Communication Degree

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Authors: R. Albert Mohler Jr....

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019 02:47

Good eschatology can keep a pastor from burnout

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Pastoring sometimes feels like riding an emotional roller coaster full of ups and downs, twists and turns. Day after day, you watch people you love make decisions that bring you joy and make you cry — sometimes in the same day. Anxiety increases as you hear the clack, clack, clack dragging...

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“Should I join a church?” I’ve been asked this question many times — not just through my Practical Shepherding website, but also in my own church by visitors. It is a common scenario. You move to a new area. You get find your new residence and job. You get the kids enrolled...

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Monday, 07 January 2019 23:22

Here’s why we must never preach legalism

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Legalism does not work. It never has and it never will. Legalism is the pursuit of good works — obedience to God’s law and the ethical commands of the Bible (and beyond) — abstracted from faith in Christ in order to be acceptable before God. The legalist approaches the Bible as a...

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Friday, 04 January 2019 05:37

Should I consider journaling this year?

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Occasionally I am asked, “Does a Christian have to keep a journal in order grow more like Jesus Christ?” Of course not. There is no command in Scripture—explicit or implied—requiring the followers of Jesus to keep a journal. And while I’ve written and spoken of the...

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Wednesday, 02 January 2019 04:34

Read these books on pastoral ministry in 2019

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Solomon concluded the book of Ecclesiastes, his breathtaking reflection on the meaning of life, with a memorable word about writing: “Of the making many books there is no end . . .” (Ecc. 12:12b). In that vein, there were many, many excellent books published in 2018 related to ministry,...

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Paul talks about different roles in the work of God in his first letter to the Corinthians. Paul himself remained a pioneer church planter after he started the church at Corinth. Paul’s role is absolutely essential. It was essential in his day, and it remains essential in ours.

However, Paul...

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Thursday, 27 December 2018 02:13

Continue the Legacy

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Sunday, 23 December 2018 23:40

Six ways the cradle points to the cross

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One of my older children recently posed an excellent question during our family worship time: “Is there a place in the Bible that gives a good, short summary of the real meaning of Christmas?” There are many, of course, but as a pastor tasked with preaching many Advent seasons through...

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This year, God has used Southern Equip to train hundreds of thousands of pastors, missionaries, counselors, and other gospel leaders – both current and future – for more faithful service. Here is a collection of our most popular resources from 2018.

The post Best Of: The top articles...

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Trained instincts — that’s how fighter pilots can react immediately to rapidly changing situations as they operate $27 million war machines. When a threat aircraft is closing in, there’s no time for pilots to reason through what to do. They have to rely on instinct, but not just...

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Something that my wife and I constantly tell our children is that giftedness and intelligence are vastly overrated. We also tell them that hard work, discipline, and convictional courage is vastly underrated. We tend to misjudge what is most valuable in almost every aspect of our lives —...

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Monday, 03 December 2018 22:35

Humility can help a pastor avoid burnout

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They wanted to talk about my preaching. I hadn’t been at the church very long, but they had some concerns. A few single women recently left the church, and these deacons were convinced it was my fault. My sermons, they insisted, must be too “masculine.” I didn’t know what...

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 23:46

Give yourself to the discipline of learning

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The Christian life begins with learning — learning the gospel. No one is made right with a God about whom he knows nothing. No one is made right with God unless he learns about him and his message to the world, a message of good news called the gospel. To know God, people must learn that...

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It is lazy and unloving to be dismissive of a person from the past without considering their context. Chronological snobbery is the belief that one’s present time is superior to the past and that people and ideas from generations gone by are necessarily inferior to those in the here-and-now....

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Basil of Caesarea

His defense of the deity of the Holy Spirit and the Trinity was instrumental for the expansion of the Nicene Creed at the Council of Constantinople (381).

Augustine of Hippo

We are all Augustinians in the West! His work has been of untold blessing for the church.

Jonathan Edwards

The...

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Thursday, 22 November 2018 09:02

Main Course: Tips for Surviving Greek

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The languages: the dread of every new seminarian. You think you’ve come to seminary to be a Serious Theology Student, but suddenly you’re back in kindergarten again — reading an alphabet aloud and slogging your way through the Koine equivalent of “Jane throws the...

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Thursday, 22 November 2018 08:46

Leadership in Community

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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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Basil Manly, Jr., one of the four founders of Southern Seminary, is primarily remembered today as the author of three important compositions: the Abstract of Principles, the hymn “Soldiers in Christ, in Truth Arrayed,” and The Bible Doctrine of Inspiration Explained and Vindicated. All...

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Wednesday, 21 November 2018 00:30

Three Questions with Matt Papa

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SINGER, SONGWRITER, AND WORSHIP LEADER

1. What makes for a good hymn?

In two words — to invoke John Wesley on what makes a good sermon — “sublimity and simplicity.” There needs to be some arresting beauty, and then some tangible truth. In three points, I would say a good hymn...

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Wednesday, 21 November 2018 00:14

Book Reviews November 2018

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FEATURE REVIEW

The God Who Goes Before You: Pastoral Leadership as Christ-Centered Followership by Timothy Paul Jones and Michael S. Wilder, B&H 2018, $29.99

Review by Andrew J.W. Smith

The Christian leadership book market is, one can say, saturated. But many of the books rely on secular pragmatic...

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Monday, 19 November 2018 22:33

When should a pastor say no to a wedding?

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Should a pastor conduct the wedding of two non-Christians? What about a Christian marrying a non-Christian? Are there any circumstances in which a pastor should not marry two Christians?

These are questions I hear all the time from other pastors. What makes it permissible to conduct a wedding in...

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