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

Landon Coleman - Apologetic Report

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Several weeks back I wrote an article titled, “The Southern Baptist Convention Has a Paige Patterson Problem.” We still have that problem.

Those who have followed the story know the basic issues. Patterson, President of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, faced...

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Monday, 21 May 2018 01:10

3 Reasons You Should “Join” a Church

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In 2008 I was a young pastor in Kentucky. It was Sunday after church, and I was having lunch with one of the coolest guys I knew, an undercover narcotic agent. My law enforcement friend (and his girlfriend) had been visiting our church for several months. I knew them well enough to know they both...

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Sunday, 13 May 2018 23:00

The Master Plan of Evangelism

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Introduction

In an age of efficiency, pragmatism, and numbers, Robert E. Coleman proposed a revolutionary, yet ancient, strategy of evangelism in his classic work The Master Plan of Evangelism. Billy Graham explains, “Instead of drawing on the latest popular fad or newest selling technique,...

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The Southern Baptist Convention has a Paige Patterson problem.

Before I continue, let me clarify my status within the SBC. I’ve spent my entire life as a member of a Southern Baptist Church. I’m a two time graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. I’m an unwavering...

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Monday, 30 April 2018 00:00

Wisdom for Regular Pastors

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Several years ago I ordered a copy of God is Love: A Biblical and Systematic Theology by Gerald Bray. Upon delivery, I put the book on my “to read” shelf, aka the black hole of my office. Recently I delved into my black hole and pulled Bray’s book off the shelf. Almost...

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Monday, 23 April 2018 00:24

How Big Should My Church Be?

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The landscape of evangelicalism in 2018 seems to be dominated by mega-churches. This is in large part a result of social media, national conferences, and multi-campus churches. The largest churches in the country, along with their celebrity pastors, are constantly celebrated and championed in...

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image Recently a friend asked me to read God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines. This book was originally published in 2014, and several helpful “response books” have been written since then. One is God and the Gay Christian? A Response to Matthew Vines edited by Albert...

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Maybe you’ve heard the (lame) joke about the mother who tried to wake her son for church. When her son refused to get out of bed, she asked him why he didn’t want to go to church? From under the covers he replied, “I’ll give you two reasons. One, they don’t like me....

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Monday, 26 March 2018 00:32

Our Deadly Obsession with Celebrity Culture

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Evangelicals have a deadly problem. Our obsession with celebrity culture is a cancer destroying our churches from the inside out.

You can see this obsession on display in a number of places. For one thing, every celebrity or an athlete who mentions God or stands up for conservative values becomes an...

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Monday, 19 March 2018 00:18

5 Great Exodus Commentaries

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I’ve spent the last several months preaching through Exodus at Immanuel. As I’ve studied each week, I’ve worked through a stack of 12 different commentaries. All have been helpful in some way, but after working through most of Exodus these are my top five Exodus commentaries:

  1. Duane...

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Sunday, 11 March 2018 22:00

5 Rules for Faithful Mass Evangelism

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Recently I shared 5 Reflections on the Life and Ministry of Billy Graham. A friend responded to that post via email, and we had a helpful discussion about how to do mass evangelism well. When I talk about “mass evangelism,” I’m thinking about youth camps, school focused...

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image Famed Christian evangelist Billy Graham passed away at home in North Carolina on Wednesday, February 21. He was 99 years old.

Most Americans are familiar with the name “Billy Graham,” and most Americans have a positive perception of Graham. This is a testimony to his consistently...

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If you’ve never met Neil Postman, allow me the honor of introducing you.

Neil Postman was born in 1931 and died in 2003. During his 72 years on earth he worked as a teacher, an author, and a cultural commentator. In 1985 Postman wrote Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the...

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imageIt's a good thing Justin Trudeau didn't work for NASA in 1969. If he had, the serene moment when Neil Armstrong first stepped foot on the moon might have been interrupted by a gentle rebuke in the name of political correctness.

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Landon talks to Brian Fairchild, the first Midlander to be on the podcast, about regular pastors and sermon preparation.

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Sunday, 28 January 2018 22:15

Profile of a Patient Dad

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How does a dad learn how to be a dad? My ongoing education in fatherhood has taken place in three classrooms. One, reading the Bible. Two, reading books about the biblical view of fatherhood. Three, watching godly fathers interact with their children.

In this third classroom of observation, I think...

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Sunday, 21 January 2018 23:15

When Does a Leader Stop Learning?

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Recently I read a book with a group of pastors in my town. The book focused on leadership, tracing the life of Peter in the New Testament. The author argued that Peter’s experience as a leader was divided into three stages. Stage one was learning, recorded in the four gospels. Stage two was...

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Sunday, 14 January 2018 06:29

5 Ways to Make the Most of 936 Weekends

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936 … that’s the number of weekends you have with your children from the day they’re born until the day they turn 18. As a father of four I know 936 is a number that gets small quickly! In my house, our four 936’s have quickly become 781, 597, 506, and 326.

I’ve been...

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Sunday, 07 January 2018 23:14

4 Types of Conversion

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Recently I worked through Louis Berkhof’s Systematic Theology. The book is a helpful mix of historical and systematic theology, with much practical application for those engaged in pastoral ministry. One section that I found particularly helpful was Berkhof’s chapter on conversion,...

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Sunday, 17 December 2017 22:13

My 7 Favorite RC Sproul Books

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Like so many in my generation, my thinking has been particularly shaped by the preaching and the writings of three men: RC Sproul, John MacArthur, and John Piper. Last week, Robert Charles Sproul passed away at the age of 78. Sproul was part pastor, part professor, and part author. He has rightly...

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Monday, 11 December 2017 00:26

4 Church Trends that Make me Uncomfortable

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I’ve thought about publishing this post for several months. However, I have not hit the publish button until today. I have several reasons for my hesitancy. One, I don’t want to write a post that suggests I have all the answers to how autonomous congregations “do church.”...

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