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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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:00

No Middle Ground, No Other Gospel

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Authors: R. Albert Mohler Jr.

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Monday, 10 September 2018 05:40

Spiritual Fathering

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It seems as if everyone is talking about pastoral mentorship these days. Not a week goes by that I don’t receive something in the mail at my office that reminds me of the importance of training younger men in pastoral ministry—a task that I embrace and seek to practice wholeheartedly....

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Monday, 10 September 2018 05:22

Aiming at a Christ-Shaped Church

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The aim of change for any declining local church is revival, growth, and maturity in Christlike love for God and His people. As a pastor, nothing gives me greater joy than to see God’s people being renewed in their desire to know God intimately, to praise Him passionately, and to love His peop...

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The necessity of healthy church structure has been a challenge from the time that the church began. It is not a new dilemma. Acts 2 describes how the first church developed a basic structure for worship, Bible study, and fellowship. As the church grew and additional challenges surfaced, the...

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Monday, 10 September 2018 04:09

Becoming an effective Church Revitalizer

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One of the frequent questions asked of me regarding church revitalization is, “What are the requirements for being effective in church revitalization?” Mark Clifton, in his book Reclaiming Glory: Revitalizing Dying Churches, has done an excellent job in outlining the characteristics...

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When we start the process of church revitalization, it is easy for our focus to be on the church and the way “the church” needs to change to be more faithful and vibrant. And as we identify critical issues we must apply biblical wisdom to address them. But, before we begin with the...

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Is it important to know your spiritual gifts? Or is that concern evidence of the narcissism so characteristic of our culture today?

Perhaps we can compare figuring out our spiritual gifts to the current interest in personality tests and profiles like the Enneagram. The Enneagram explores nine...

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 00:00

Servants not Sovereigns

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Authors: Timothy Paul Jones

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 04:04

Pursue God, not pornography

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Editors’ note: This article was adapted from the new ebook from Southern Equip and The Gospel Coalition, Porn and the Pastor: The Life and Death Consequences of Addiction in Ministry, edited by Jeff Robinson and Garrett Kell. The book is available for free download.

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 00:00

Christian, Do Your Know Who You Are?

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Authors: Bruce A. Ware

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In 2 Corinthians 6, we read that the apostle Paul commended himself to the Corinthian church. Aspiring pastors need to do the same.

Of course, future pastors — seminarians! — pick up the books of study and papers of class in order to commend themselves to the work. But when it comes...

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Thursday, 30 August 2018 00:00

Death at Work

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Authors: Herhael W. York

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 07:01

Hershael York

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Long-time pastor and New Testament scholar Hershael York is the new dean of the School of Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Here a collection of his articles, interviews and more.

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Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:14

How do pastors fight pornography?

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Editors’ note: This article was adapted from the new eBook from Southern Equip and The Gospel Coalition, Porn and the Pastor: The Life and Death Consequences of Addiction in Ministry, edited by Jeff Robinson and Garrett Kell. The book is available for free download.

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Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:00

What to Pray for One Another

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Authors: Matthew J. Hall

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Monday, 27 August 2018 04:32

Hope for the Discouraged Shepherd

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Whether you are revitalizing a church in critical condition, planting a new church, or shepherding a flock in stable condition, you will experience the weight of the cross. How do we as shepherds of God’s flock minister with the zeal and the joy of the Gospel while inflicted with our own...

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I’m always amazed at contrary the world is to the Christian life. I’m thinking specifically about how the world will define, almost without fail, the best way forward in life as the way of ease. That is: The path of least resistance is, by definition, the right path to choose.

This is...

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Thursday, 23 August 2018 00:00

What Do You Have That You Did Not Receive

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Authors: Randy Stinson

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Spurgeon called the 3 R’s “three doctrines that must be preached above all else,” and they draw from three different chapters of Scripture that “deal with the things in the fullest manner:” Genesis 3:14-15 (Ruin), Romans 3:21-26 (Redemption), John 3:1-8...

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In the last several years, observers of American church life have noted that the definition of a regular church attendee is changing. With increasing affluence, mobility, commitments, and entertainment options, many Christians gather with their church family less often than they did ten years ago....

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 00:03

5 Reasons Church Revitalization is Risky

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Church planters as risk takers. They start churches — often with little funding. They typically have no building when they start out, and many have no members. Church planting is inherently risky.

But I would argue that church revitalization must be risky as well. Indeed, I believe church...

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Monday, 13 August 2018 04:19

Feature Review: Growing In Gratitude

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Growing In Gratitude

Gratitude is more complex than a smile on one’s face or a polite, “thank you.” In Growing in Gratitude, Mary Mohler provides a rich theology revealing the deeper roots of gratitude. Many Christians experience a lull in their joy for the things of God years...

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