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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Thursday, 27 April 2017 23:18

No More Mr. Nice: Pastoral Reflections on Kindness

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My family didn’t make much of birthdays. In fact, with the exception of the year we went to Pietro’s Pizza to play video games, none stand out. But on October 4, 1996, my wife made reservations at a steak house for my birthday. When we arrived at our table, a handful of friends yelled,...

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Every Monday night, men from our church gather for a time of structured review of the Sunday service. The majority of our time in the meeting is spent giving feedback on the Sunday morning sermon. However, we also spend some time walking through all the elements of the previous day’s morning...

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Monday, 24 April 2017 14:00

Episode 11: On Being “Called” to Ministry

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Being “called” to ministry isn’t entirely personal, internal, and subjective. It involves both the individual and a church, an internal desire and external confirmation.

In this Pastors’ Talk episode, Jonathan asked Mark about common...

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Sunday, 23 April 2017 22:13

Dear Wormwood . . .

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Dear Wormwood,

I am overjoyed to hear of the way our efforts are bearing fruit in America. I hear that cities like Baltimore are desolate, and entire regions, like New England, are almost entirely devoid of the enemy’s presence. I’m also delighted to share with you that the work...

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Tell me if this sounds familiar to you. College freshmen Joe joins your church. He’s on fire for Jesus. He wants to give his life to the Lord, which means devoting it to unreached peoples in the hardest parts of the world. Joe can hardly stand middle-class, American Christianity and its...

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Does your congregation look like the people who live around it? If not, does it matter? How important is it that a church reflects its surrounding community?

For the latest Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan Leeman sat down with Mark Dever to chat about these questions and more. (Download on iTunes here.)...

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Sunday, 16 April 2017 23:06

Book Review: Apostolicity, by John G. Flett

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John G. Flett, Apostolicity: The Ecumenical Question in World Christian Perspective(Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2016) US$40, 392pp.

“And [I believe] one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.” Across generations and around the globe, Christians have confessed these words from...

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Perhaps one of Satan’s greatest exploits in American church history is to keep the church divided along racial lines. These days the racial lines divide fairly consistently along partisan lines, with white evangelicals often moving rightward and minority Christians often moving leftward. At...

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 22:41

Pastors, Spend Time with Non-Pastors

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Most pastors have a rightful desire to train up future pastors. We realize that one day, our ministry will end and we ought be preparing the next generation to take the gospel to the land we cannot go. This focus, however, can lead us to overemphasize pastoral training at the cost of training...

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Sunday, 09 April 2017 14:00

Episode 9: On the Use and Abuse of Authority

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Authority is God’s good and dangerous gift. Therefore, it’s important for pastors and church leaders to exercise their authority well, and in doing so image God. Jonathan recently sat down with Mark to chat about the use and abuse of authority. (Listen on iTunes.)

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– Why...

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Your church has a primary role in your personal pursuit of contentment. Does this surprise you? Think about where the battle lines are drawn in your pursuit. Contentment is about whether or not you will rest and rejoice in the sufficiency of the Trinity or will fall for the deceptive marketing of...

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Monday, 03 April 2017 14:47

Episode 8: What Makes a Good Pastor?

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How do we know what makes a good pastor? Do we learn this exclusively from the Bible? From the latest business books? Jonathan chats with Mark about what a pastor is, and what it means to take a pastoral approach to Christian ministry.

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Listen to the other episodes of Pastors’...

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Monday, 27 March 2017 14:00

Episode 7: How to Leave Your Church Well

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Jonathan chats with Mark about good and bad reasons to leave a church, and offers principles for leaving well once the decision has been made. (Listen on iTunes.)

SHOW NOTES:

– There are wise ways and unwise ways to leave a church. What should we look for in a church? (1:30)

– What...

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Monday, 27 March 2017 14:00

Episode 7: How to Leave Your Church Well

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Jonathan chats with Mark about good and bad reasons to leave a church, and offers principles for leaving well once the decision has been made. (Listen on iTunes.)

SHOW NOTES:

– There are wise ways and unwise ways to leave a church. What should we look for in a church? (1:30)

– What...

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 10:05

7 Dos and Don’ts of Discipling Singles

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“The assumptions are really what kill. It’s almost always assumed singles are either dying of loneliness or burning with lust.”

Nodding, eager to hear more, I thought back on similar accounts from singles in different churches. By trying to listen and learn from...

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Monday, 20 March 2017 13:00

Episode 6: On Pastoring Singles

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We just released a Journal with close to 20 articles on Pastoring Singles. Because the Journal was Mark’s idea, Jonathan sat down with him to ask questions on the topic. (Listen here on iTunes.)

SHOW NOTES:

– Why a Journal on singles? (0:40)

– What are the biggest...

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 Recently, a young, single man who was beginning his first pastoral position contacted me. He wanted to know my thoughts on how an unmarried pastor could build a constructive counseling ministry in the context of a local church.

I don’t consider myself to be an expert on this topic, but...

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Sunday, 19 March 2017 13:00

Episode 6: On Pastoring Singles

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We just released a Journal with close to 20 articles on Pastoring Singles. Because the Journal was Mark’s idea in the first place, Jonathan sat down with him to ask questions on the topic. (Listen here on iTunes.)

SHOW NOTES:

– Why a Journal on singles? (0:40)

– What are...

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 Recently, a young, single man who was beginning his first pastoral position contacted me. He wanted to know my thoughts on how an unmarried pastor could build a constructive counseling ministry in the context of a local church.

I don’t consider myself to be an expert on this topic, but...

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Sunday, 19 March 2017 10:40

Did Paul Prefer Singleness?

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The difference between Roman Catholics and Protestants, at least in the United States, is quite remarkable. In Roman Catholicism, one can’t be a priest unless one is single, but in Protestantism (at least in most circles in the United States), it is difficult to become the preaching pastor,...

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Sunday, 19 March 2017 10:40

Did Paul Prefer Singleness?

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The difference between Roman Catholics and Protestants, at least in the United States, is quite remarkable. In Roman Catholicism, one can’t be a priest unless one is single, but in Protestantism (at least in most circles in the United States), it is difficult to become the preaching pastor,...

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Sunday, 19 March 2017 10:09

How Did Paul Pastor Singles?

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It may come as a surprise that Paul actually has a lot to say about Christians who are unmarried and how they should view their unmarried life. Paul zeroes in on the topic in 1 Corinthians 7 in answer to some questions the Corinthian Christians had written him on marriage, singleness, and divorce....

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Sunday, 19 March 2017 10:09

How Did Paul Pastor Singles?

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It may come as a surprise that Paul actually has a lot to say about Christians who are unmarried and how they should view their unmarried life. Paul zeroes in on the topic in 1 Corinthians 7 in answer to some questions the Corinthian Christians had written him on marriage, singleness, and divorce....

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Sunday, 19 March 2017 10:08

Pastoring Discontented Singles

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Let’s attempt an experiment in discourse, shall we? You may recognize a few of the following statements from the chatter of your own social circles.

“Isn’t she just the sweetest thing? How on earth is she still single?”

“He’s single, but he still has great...

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Sunday, 19 March 2017 10:08

Pastoring Discontented Singles

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Let’s attempt an experiment in discourse, shall we? You may recognize a few of the following statements from the chatter of your own social circles.

“Isn’t she just the sweetest thing? How on earth is she still single?”

“He’s single, but he still has great...

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