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!
We ask Jonathan Leeman, "In what way should a church be political?"
Waiting is not just a discipline we impose but a grace we experience. Our lean is into the promise of His blessing and provision.
Editors note: This article was originally published at Am I Called
Can you hear Jesus advocating for you before the throne?
The results of our teaching are entirely God’s business. But it is our business to be as prepared as possible
We ask Dean Inserra, "How can a pastor protect his family, his church, and himself from moral failing?"
We are custom made by our Creator to fill a place and fulfill a destiny.
In the life of the church, discipline as forming and correcting should characterize not just Sunday, but Monday to Saturday.
Just as higher resolutions produce a clearer view of the world, so more focused attention on our God will produce a clearer worldview.
Sometimes I wonder if the preacher/pastor me looks like a godly man breathing in the goodness of God. In reality, I feel more like a deflated balloon.
We must remember that we are stewards of the life God has given us and that this stewardship is demanded for every day, every decade, and every stage.
We naturally assume the people who possess the greatest and most effective gifts are also the people who are walking most closely with God. We falsely equate giftedness with holiness and link ability with divine intimacy. The Bible tells us otherwise.
Biblical calling is, first of all, something done for us.
Throughout the Scriptures, believers are challenged to respond to society in a way reflective of the amazing love and grace we have received from God, while not allowing thoughts of self-preservation to dictate the ways in which we interact with our culture.
It is too high and too glorious a calling for just anyone to preach just anything for just any reason in just any way. Preaching is to be done by a man, called of God, who is compelled to herald the Bible with full conviction and faithful interpretation.
We ask Devin Maddox, "Should pastors write?"
Countless times it’s been whispered to me, as if it is a sacred secret, “In order to survive as a pastor’s wife, you must not make any friends.”
As you consider your calling, consider replanting a dying church.
Expository preaching frees us up to trust God as we deliver His Word to His people. We're given permission to relish His Word and we're unfettered from the urgent as we preach through the Bible verse by verse.
When the funeral party is interrupted, it’s not by a power outage or someone pulling the fire alarm, but by the bridegroom calling us home to the eternal wedding celebration.
We may not be able to make it to every hospital stay. But in most instances, presence at the hospital, surgery center or doctor’s office will provide a strategic Great Commission platform. Let’s not waste it.
People mean well; they really do.
Church planters, study and value the past. It’s the path to the future.
illustrations are often a critical part of preaching and can help crystalize truth. However, illustrations that are not developed or used well can actually distract or mislead from the truth and, in some cases, call your credibility into question.