Ministry is about becoming less impressed with yourself and more smitten with the Savior.
The plunge of any pastor represents the potential for every pastor.
My fears are real. They can’t be ignored, denied, or spiritualized into something they’re not. But for me, they can camouflage a deeper reality.
When leaders fail, the entire culture of the church is soaked. And only the gospel is sturdy enough to push back the torrent of consequences splashed over her.
We all fall prey to stalking honor. But is there a bright side?
If you’re called to preach, you leave it all in the pulpit.
God rarely invites men into ministry roles where some kind of financial faith is not required to accept the role.
Unless a flux capacitor becomes a reality in the near future, I won’t have the opportunity to talk to my younger self. But I can talk to you . . .
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
To grow, leaders must stoop.
God loves us so much that he will push us off the altar of our accomplishments.
When I can’t hear the gospel, my role grows large, my expectations swell and my mind visits some strange places and absurd ideas.
Ministry methods have changed over the decades, but the challenges and joys of ministry remain the same. Spurgeon’s lectures to his students are just as relevant today as they were 150 years ago.
When we ponder the right things, we proceed in the right direction.
How does God reach us when our heart staggers mindlessly into the gray dusk of ‘whatever’?
There are few things more dangerous to a church than a pastor who is extraordinarily endowed on the gifting side and extraordinarily deficient on the character side.
Church planters, study and value the past. It’s the path to the future.
The call to plant and pastor is primarily a call to help people keep the gospel in focus.
Ministry is a call to be merciful. But it’s not because we’re pastors or called to be pastors.
When we’re really preaching the gospel, both to ourselves and to others, it sets us free.
Every day, entrepreneurial Christians are planting parachurch seeds producing ministries that populate the West.
How do you respond when someone you know has sinned against you, or maybe people you love?
It’s like the lad who asks the seasoned fisherman, “How long does it take to catch a fish each week?”
We are custom made by our Creator to fill a place and fulfill a destiny.
Biblical calling is, first of all, something done for us.
When it comes to preaching, don’t start wrong.
These mistakes are all common to emerging preachers and many gifted expositors have stumbled through them.
The best preaching makes Jesus the hero.