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, 09 November 2018 03:45

10 Snapshots of Christian Ministry

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Recently my personal Bible reading took me through the book of Romans. What a remarkable book! So much rich doctrine! So much practical advice!

Martin Luther offered high praise for the book of Romans when he wrote, “It is the chief part of the New Testament and the perfect gospel.”

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Sunday, 28 October 2018 23:33

The Value of Congregational Singing

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Last night my church (Immanuel) had a joint worship night with another local church (Redemption). We gathered together to read Scripture and respond in worship. As we sang praises to God, I was reminded of the value of congregational singing.

  • Congregational singing is valuable for expression. Human...

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Monday, 22 October 2018 00:40

The Truth about Idolatry

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image The words “idol” and “idolatry” evoke different thoughts for different people. Many in the west hear these words and picture primitive worshipers bowing down to man-made statues. The Bible certainly describes this kind of idolatry. Just think of Aaron and the golden calf in...

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Sunday, 07 October 2018 23:04

Regular Pastors Have Regular Devotions

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If you’ve been around church for any length of time, you’ve probably been encouraged to practice “spiritual disciplines.” Pastors want their people to read the Bible, and pastors want their people to pray. Colloquially, the disciplines of Bible reading and prayer are often...

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Sunday, 23 September 2018 20:53

5 Things I Don’t Want to Hear in a Sermon

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Two weeks back I wrote a post titled, “5 Things I Want to Hear in a Sermon.” This week I’m writing a follow-up-post. The same premise applies today. That is, as a regular pastor I get excited about the occasional opportunity to “go” to church with my family, and I...

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Sunday, 09 September 2018 23:00

5 Things I Want to Hear in a Sermon

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As a regular pastor, you rarely get the opportunity to “go” to church with your family. On a typical Sunday I arrive at church at least an hour before anyone in my family hits snooze on the Sunday morning alarm. Eventually we all end up at the same building, but even then we’re...

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I want to introduce you to a ministry called Nourishing the Nations. This ministry was started by two of my heroes, Chris and Leesa Harrington. The Harringtons haven’t been to seminary and they don’t live on the mission field. For the Harringtons, a typical week involves working in...

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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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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:

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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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