If I prioritize production, I end up frustrated, and I actually abandon virtue and toy with anger or bitterness.
It’s not the tears that produce fruit, or even the faithfulness of the sower.
Writing music for your people is a challenge - it is a heavy responsibility to put words and thoughts about God into people’s hearts and minds.
A few reflections on whether or not pursuing a PhD is a right fit.
The more we trust in the sand of our own efforts, the less secure we’ll actually be.
God exposed my misplaced allegiance by closing doors that, if opened, would’ve led down a path of continual self-destruction and false worship.
If you’re a leader, others might have been involved in the mistake, but they were likely following your lead.
In prayer we are able to find comfort in the arms of our Father, trusting that he is working all things for the good of those who he loves, especially those he has entrusted to our pastoral care.
Leaders, trade in the tricks of the trade for the all-powerful, all-surpassing glory of Jesus Christ in the gospel.
More than likely, you and I are the products of the quiet faithfulness of a generation of men and women whose names the world will never know.
We asked Adam McClendon, "How can a church stay attractive to younger people without alienating older people?"
This week's links include resources on conviction, congregational singing, preaching race, and weary moms.
If you are only taking notes during the sermon because you feel you must, because you treat the sermon like a lecture or "lesson," I would encourage you to reconsider.
The gospel is the ultimate "tale as old as time" because we get God.
If we want blessings from God, nothing can fetch them down but faith.
God’s Word is able to comfort and counsel without lecturing because it flows from people’s real life experience, not their bare philosophical reflections.
Abundant religious activity cannot mask a rebellious heart at the last day.
There are only two options with Scripture: either we say amen to its entirety, or we entirely reject it.
Let us embrace the love we don't deserve and love our Father because He first loved us.
My friends, let us be a church that savors, promotes, and clings to grace.
I want the Father’s adopting-love ingrained into the very fabric of my thinking
While we must fight against the oppression and violence that women experience around the world, we must be careful not to venture beyond that into a realm of self-exalting and unbiblical femininity.
There is no such thing as a pastor who knows only the burden of leadership or only the sweat of service.
Let the unveiled image of Christ burn into the eyes of your heart. This is the hope of transformation.
This is the believer’s confidence in the Lord. God alone is my help and my hope.
We asked David Prince, "What should the Christian think about high-impact sports?"
For our joy, Jesus always shoots us straight.
This week's links include resources on rest, childlessness, spiritual strength, and a forgotten hero.
We each echo God’s glory differently for the sake of the Kingdom.
No neutralities can exist in religion.
Go to the source. Go into the dark of things you don’t know. Watch how the stars shine.
Christians, how can we be vigilant to guard against selfish ambition in our lives and ministries?
The way to help my daughter pursue purity isn't to lock her up in a castle, but to help her walk in the freedom of the gospel.
Let us learn from God’s words through Malachi and seek out a true relationship with God characterized by Jesus’ command to love God and love our neighbor.
A community that lives with love enough to both provide and receive gentle rebukes from one another makes for an incredible family.
Until our race is finished, we glean from him, day in and day out.
Because Christ walked ahead of us, we know greater fellowship with Him as we follow in his steps.
The work of Christ applied to our hearts is such an unstoppable, unopposable force that it refigures us entirely.
In an effort to help us create self-awareness and keep us out of the trap, here are 11 characteristics of the self-righteous . . .
The culture that we allow our doctrine to create is the real test of what we believe the doctrine to be.
We ask J.T. English, "How do you make sure a growing church keeps 'feeling small?'”
This week's links include resources on integrity, home, small group woes, and knowing God.
Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success.
God delights to work through weak vessels that are small in the world’s eyes.
Let me have a present, personal, infallible, indisputable sense that I am thine, and that thou art mine.
We will be as prayerful as we are cognizant of our own weakness.
His perfection becomes hers when he takes her filth with him in death.
The commands of Christ feel crushing without a new heart to help us obey.
You are in Christ and fully in, or you are out and fully out.
A few reflections on a modern-day hymn.
God gave Jesus because Jesus is the highest form of praise I could ever receive.
To fully enjoy one another is to view them with new eyes, saturated in the grace of our Savior.
If you are a leader and you’ve led them thus far, lead them further by giving them some space to plan, pray, and get collected.
But there is much more to the Abraham narratives than a simple “do this; don’t do this.”
What if we walked into every day with the expectation that God hears and answers specific prayer?
We ask Michael Kelley to describe his writing process.
It is Jesus who is available to you 24/7, and I'm not him.
This week's links include resources on social media, raising faithful kids, lessons for American Christians, and the benefits of discipleship.
If we strive to build up one another in our ministries and tune into other people’s feelings, we can help the body of Christ feel unashamed for the call given to them by God.
Whatever I have, all my goodness is of the Lord alone.
If we allow ourselves to be diverted and distracted all of the time we will scarcely enjoy the deeply meaningful seasons of discovery that come from thoughtful reflection.
We should strive to preach our best sermons in overseas contexts.
If conservatives have lost the culture war and the American church is in decline, what is there for evangelicals to be encouraged by?
Walk where Edwards and Whitefield walked, visit everywhere from Yale to Harvard and coastal Maine to rural Vermont, meet with local pastors and church planters, and even enjoy some local eateries and coffee.
Mark this down: the Lord hears and answers the cries of desperate people.
To read the Bible is a risky thing. We cannot read it, put it down, and claim ignorance.
Sometimes, we won't think there are good enough reasons given to obey God, yet we are called to obey Him anyway.
While important matters call for our earthly attention, we cannot forget that the church's unique commission is to promote a kingdom that cannot be shaken.
We ought to be the most hospitable toward the sojourners among us.
The promise of the gospel is not that man will remember you, but that God knows you.
When your children grow up, and they are asked, “Tell me about your dad” or “Tell me about your mom” - what do you think they will say?
We ask Nathan Finn, "Why should one consider formal theological education?"
We really do want the best for you, which is why we felt like you needed to know these things. With a little more hard work and concentrated effort on your part, this can be a win-win for all of us.
This week's links include resources on entertainment, letting God, the Trinity debate, and singleness.
The gift hidden within difficult seasons is that we may see more clearly and understand more deeply our desperate need of His keeping.
I will not believe that thou hast tasted of the honey of the gospel if thou canst eat it all thyself.
Your artful questions and interest make both sides of the conversation possible.
Revival wasn't shouting and screaming; it was the beat of love within me for others.
How can a church engage in social justice without falling into the errors of the social gospel?
The power to answer prayer belongs to God alone. And the glory for answered prayer belongs to God alone.
Seven pitfalls to avoid when preaching expositional sermons.
Jesus is not far-off, peering through a telescope. He is among the churches. And He is with us now.
The incarnation glorifies the extent to which God would go to seek out those who were running from him.
Is your greatest desire to see the gospel go forward in the place where God has you?
God was mercifully insensitive to our feelings and desires at the cross.
If we are to follow Jesus, then we must have a growing understanding that the Christian does not operate in the realm of desperation.
There is something freeing when you humble yourself and place yourself before a group of people who say, “We see this area that needs to be worked on.”
We ask Clint Pressley, "How do you lead big change in a church without blowing it up?"
You shouldn't trust your illustration to do what only God's word can.
This week's links include resources on spiritual formation, joy, women's roles, and multi-ethnic ministry.
What if we refused to be threatened by our sister churches and instead committed to pray for them?
The Holy Ghost is no temporary gift, he abides with the saints.
The call to plant and pastor is primarily a call to help people keep the gospel in focus.
What are the pastor's most important weekly tasks?
Our people need the hope of the cross and the assurance of the resurrection.
"First day on the job with the new flock. It isn’t the biggest or the healthiest flock in the world…but it’s mine. And I’m excited to see how they’ll grow."
When the Bible is our delight, we look forward to reading it each day and feel a keen sense that something's missing when we don't.
Thinking through these questions often can help identify your stream as a gospel-filled well your followers should drink from often or a gospel-less pit followers should avoid.
Ultimately, God’s glory in your selections should be more important than making someone happy
Roll up your sleeves, labor alongside them, and love them.
There is no nobler task than to deliver good news to weary souls week-in and week-out.
The danger of focusing on things over people is that we might actually get what we want.
A simple, but profound truth: Jesus came to save glory thieves from themselves.
We asked J.D. Greear, "What are some important things to remember when sharing the gospel with Muslims?"
Journaling is not an end in and of itself; the end is to look to and live by the cross.
I have composed this list thinking of the kinds of needs and interests most Christians seek out answers for in the sorts of books that sell most often at Christian bookstores.
This week's links include resources on self-care, abortion, our problem, and community.
Didst thou ever consider the depth of love in the heart of Jehovah, when God the Father equipped his Son for the great enterprise of mercy?
You don’t get to decide to lay down your life one day and then not think about it again
How important is it for preachers to pay attention to cultural trends and popular media?
Hitting the pause button on life and ministry will help us find rest for our souls and experience a sweet foretaste of heavenly rest in Christ’s presence.
In a thread of confirmation bias, hate, uncareful thinking, narcissism, and over exaggerations, be the voice of gospel reason.
Community isn’t something that comes to us; it’s something that we go toward.
Belief in the gospel is the only way anyone can cross the gospel line and experience eternal life.
We've heard it said, "God will not give you more than you can handle." Truthfully, God can and does give us more than we can handle - all because it leads us back to Him.
We asked H.B. Charles: "What are some common rookie preaching mistakes?"
Be filled with the Spirit? How can I be something the Spirit does?
This week's links include resources on womanliness, accountability, seminary, and presence.
The joys of heaven will surely compensate for the sorrows of earth.
When we ponder the right things, we proceed in the right direction.
What are the pastor's most important weekly tasks?
Remember, a cross and the pursuit of the good of others should mark your Christian life. This must be true for your social media presence as well.
As we acknowledge the need to lead humbly, what does godly, humble leadership look like in the day-to-day?
There is much wisdom when you have a love for people wherever you find them, urban or rural.
I believe encouragement should take its place alongside any list of spiritual disciplines.
Five little words that once fed my pride in ministry are now terrifying to me.
We asked Adam McClendon, "How can a pastor effectively counsel someone without creating a co-dependency?"
Christians should have nothing to do with utilitarian arguments against abortion.
This week's links include resources on the rich, waiting, masculine friendship, and heresy.
Sooner or later every bar of gold must pass through the fire.
All of us... are communicators of the gospel.
How can smaller churches conduct successful ministry training?
Psalm 23 has a lot to say about Christ's tender, loving care for us. But the psalm isn't primarily about the sheep; it is about the exaltation of the Shepherd.
Your justification isn’t in the fact that you don’t post selfies or engage in over-the-top political comment streams. It’s in the blood of a murdered Son.
We must actively pursue deep relationships with others within our churches in which we bravely share how the gospel lays claim to our lives.
Christians must hold to the higher standard that all believers are one, a new race in Christ.
It would be convenient if Satan would show up as a talking snake. Then, we could run away screaming or call animal control. Instead, he comes to us as an agent of reason.
We ask David Prince, "Who is a criminally under-appreciated figure in church history we should know more about?"
How would you know if your Christian life has become hijacked by confirmation bias? Here are some possible diagnostic signs . . .
This week's links include resources on feeling dead on the inside, pro-life causes, repetition in worship, and teaching children about hell.
The common fault with the most of us is our readiness to yield to distractions.
How do you lead big change in a church without blowing it up?
How does God reach us when our heart staggers mindlessly into the gray dusk of ‘whatever’?
Feel you aren’t useful? Need a reminder of God’s methodology? God uses the willing. God uses the available. God uses the weak.
If God has called you to be His preacher, never stoop to be a king of men.
The real call of Christianity is to find our love and meaning by trusting in, submitting to, and abiding in Christ.
I would argue that a book is only truly influential in so far as it somehow moves into your life without you asking it to.
If I had a few minutes to sit a new minister down and share a few things I’ve learned, there is one piece of advice that I believe is vital.
In the spirit of charity, seeking to identify some good gifts the seeker church of yesteryear has given contemporary evangelicalism
This week's links include resources on curiosity, congregational singing, procrastination, and weakness.
Even our desires after holiness may be polluted by ill motives.
Declawing the Bible of its warnings against and judgments upon sin is not good for the church.
Let the church say, “Huh?”
All Christians want to stay close to Jesus. But to try to do that on your own is to set out to fail.
The pastor's wife is just like every other woman in the church when it comes to friendship: she gets a choice who she lets in.
There are leaders that propel their churches forward at breakneck rates helping them journey great distances and achieve impressive results. Though they often refer to themselves as “visionary leaders," I would argue that many of them are more hyperdriven than visionary.
As beautiful as the temple was, it was but a shadow of the magnificence of Christ.
Is your ministry an individual sport or a team sport?
I wonder how the resolutions of us donut-eaters might stack up to these from Jonathan Edwards.
This week's links provide resources on interpreting the Bible, true masculinity, resolutions, and Christology.
We open the gates of the year to the sweet strains of the harp of joy!