On this Reformation Day anniversary, here is a reflection on sola fide for the pastor and an encouragement to shepherd "by faith, and not by sight."
The best preaching makes Jesus the hero.
I have sadly heard it said to me, “Well it’s great that you’re learning a lot about God and want to share it, but be careful not to go outside of what God has commanded women to do!”
Hard-hitting consequences will produce profound sorrow in the hardest of hearts. But overpowering regret and Godly repentance are two very different things.
Inviting critique and feedback of your sermon from a group of trusted voices could help bring clarity to the way you communicate the gospel.
Preacher, show your church the wonder. Preach like a painter. Take your tools and your technique and bend them to the cause of Christ.
Ministry should be a team effort, not an individual endeavor.
Do not forget that you are not a CEO of a corporation. You are the pastor of a congregation.
We ask Devin Maddox, "How important is contextualization in preaching and teaching?"
These two young Christian women were nearing the end of their undergraduate degrees. Neither had a job lined up after graduation or any expectation of a "ring by spring," which at their Christian college validates the whole school-debt-without-a-job situation. They had a look in their eyes that said "life is getting way too real."
When it comes to preaching, don’t start wrong.
The only thing I could do was to depend on the Biblical pattern of elder plurality
Pastors face so many temptations within their ministries. Few, however, are more unsuspecting and insidious as complacency.
We ask Mark Dever, "What does your sermon preparation look like?"
Repentance is not far away if you have been made new by the Spirit.
You cannot grow in holiness and holier-than-thou-ness at the same time.
I've come to recognize that while there are times to use digital communication, there are also plenty of times to move in a different direction. Here are a few principles I’ve discovered for my own pastoral ministry.
Many single Christian men in our churches bemoan the fact that they desire to be married, but can’t seem to find a wife. Perhaps the problem is that their “market” is too narrowly defined.
Pastors, personal holiness, spiritual growth, and ministerial faithfulness are rooted in what you're able to remember and in what you need to forget.
We ask Lane Harrison, "What are some important components in training men for ministry?"
Ministry is about becoming less impressed with yourself and more smitten with the Savior.
All pastors should study church history, but there is an ever-increasing need for pastors to study their church's own history and be shaped by the stories of faithful saints and the faithfulness of God.
Most Christians have an undeveloped, insufficiently informed understanding of what it means to be called to the ministry. Consider these ten questions, which serve as indicators God has indeed called you to ministry.
Why it is so hard for Christians to talk to God but so easy for us to discuss our complaints with others?
What does this equipping look like in practice?
Repentance is a tough sell.
Preachers, when you feel the subtle pull to draw attention to yourself, run to the cross and let yourself be humbled.
We ask Nathan Finn, "Who is a criminally under-appreciated figure from church history evangelicals should know more about?"
We are aiming for awe of God.
If you're burned out, don't keep going.
It's in His Gospel that we find the remedy for sin, in any manifestation.
A plea for students and pastors to strike the right balance with the Biblical languages in hopes that they might be engaged and employed effectively for a lifetime of frutiful church ministry.
We disciple, not by looking down on people, but by looking at them.
We ask Noah Oldham, "How do you help a church develop a passion for church-planting?"
What we need is to recover the Protestant belief in the sufficiency of Scripture and thus, commit ourselves to preaching expositionally.
More and more we find ourselves borrowing leadership concepts from an upside-down world. However, Biblical leadership is distinctly different from that described and defined by the world.
Being involved in a church internship is an opportunity to throw yourself at the mercy of seasoned pastors who know more than you, love you, and who want to see you do well for the sake of Christ’s Church.
God created us to enjoy humor and it is a powerful tool in a preacher’s arsenal when used responsibly.
The pastor is saved by the same gospel message he proclaims to his flock, but the nature of his calling invites a stricter judgement.
Maybe Jesus is sifting out his churches that his Church might rise up.
I want my appearance, demeanor, and conduct to show I am on kingdom business.
We must not, therefore, underestimate the importance of the local church family when it comes to pastoral issues regarding single parent parenting and discipleship.
Do everything out of love for the congregation that gathers as your local church, and enable them to sing and worship and see Christ clearly together.
To lead and serve God's people demands that we feed them the truths of God's word; that is applied theology!