Pastors and ministerial leaders are shaped and fashioned only in the context of a local church, and nowhere else.
We don’t need a Left Behind novel to tell us where we stand in the context of redemptive history.
We want to set a table that entices our people to sit down and dig in.
We don’t need new or flashy words from God when we have His Word solidified for us.
The point of pastoring, I think, is to take people who think they can rescue the world, and remind them that the burden is too heavy for them to carry alone.
Had I chosen a different road, I could have another diploma and an impressive honorific on my name. Instead, I’ve got scars and stories and schooling in a degree program only accredited in heaven.
My question is, even though we may be gospel-centered, are we still asking people to come to Christ?
God may well use you in spite of a lack of formal training, but if you have accessibility to theological education, why find out?
Unending sunshine creates shallow pulpits.
These aren’t means carried out on our own strength or wisdom, but these are actions committed in surrender to the Lord in acknowledgment of the ordinary system that he has created within this world.
Parents should take comfort in the fact that the primary work of salvation in a child’s heart is the work of God.
We cannot miss that what Bill Nye and his panel see as a cancer the Scripture sees as a blessing.
A curious thing happens when a church and its shepherds are committed to this radical notion of gospel-centrality.
How often have men and women entered “outer darkness” after pretending a life of faith in Christ?
If you are privileged enough to proclaim God’s word in front of the church and don’t feel the weight of it, then you don’t understand what God has called you to do.
Pastor, I want to invite you into this kind of existence. Jesus is the savior of the sheep, not you. Shepherd your people well by letting them shepherd you.
The man called to leadership within the church must see himself as overseeer and view his calling as a high calling that requires sacrifice and passion for the task.
I’m convinced that, instead of focusing on keeping students, a truly kingdom-focused church will be passionate about sending students.
No matter where you serve within in your church, it will require sacrifice.
The more we encourage our pastor through prayer the more we will realize our own need in the ministry God would have for us.
I fear that in our attempt to eliminate distractions we’ve also eliminated the corporate reality of worship.
Give me a godly man with an average gift over the orator of the ages, whose character hasn’t been shaped by the gospel.
Scripture isn’t always meant to comfort us. Sometimes it addresses us in our pride, when we think incorrectly, or when we behave sinfully.
To be free from self-reflection and consumed with the glory of the preaching moment is a gift of God.
Because of His perfection, we know that what He says is reliably true.
For the glory of God, the pastor labors to make the message of Christ’s finished work known to needy, hell-bound sinners.
The Sabbath separates us from the notion that the world can’t survive without us.
I am tempted to erect a false dichotomy, where I recognize that the pulpit at my church is the Lord’s, but the “pulpit” on my smartphone is mine to use at my discretion.
Both verbal and written communication are important because of the significance of the message we are conveying.
Watch all the videos from the recent FTC: Phoenix event at the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention, including talks from Al Mohler, Mark Dever, Thom Rainer, and Jared C. Wilson.
Sufficient preparation is indispensable to faithful preaching. Insufficient preparation makes mortals of us all.
Instead of valuing consumerism, the Bible roots our membership in the idea of a covenant, which offers an infinitely superior alternative.
Transformation from true sabbath rest comes by renewing our minds, not simply amusing them.
When taking the risk to develop deep friendships with others, I find that most of my deepest pastoral worries never comes to pass.
We trust God to use his word as he sends it forth, and we pray for fruit.
When God burdens a preacher for a people group, a neighborhood, or a block, it’s right for that preacher to go and become all things to all people so that he might save some.
Our hope is that God is incredibly generous with how much grace he dispenses and upon whom He dispenses it.
The man I wanted to be was the man God prescribed, above all.
The power of God flows through the Christian community and it also flows through our lives as we live alongside non-believers.
To grow, leaders must stoop.
We are holistic beings who need holistic rest.
Church planting wives need to have the light of God’s Word shine on their various blessings and burdens.
Trust that your pastor is following Jesus closely enough that you can trust him.
Considering the multiple dimensions of church life is like walking through one of those warehouse hardware stores. The complexities are countless.
Revival given of the Spirit of the living God, places Christ always and ever at the center.
God loves us so much that he will push us off the altar of our accomplishments.
For a pastor, the stewardship of the gospel message is best understood in light of the broader stewardship of the household of God.
Oh, that ministers-to-be might give themselves to the time and to the process of becoming the man God will use to shepherd his people.
Since we all bear God’s image, we should affirm and celebrate every kind of personality He has designed.