We think bigness is the way. We think bigness solves lots of problems. We think bigness is safety. We think we can get too big to fail. But it's the other way around.
Someday, Jesus the Redeemer will return to redeem everything. Fully. Completely. Eternally.
An upright life is a grace to others.
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.
To those who trust in him for salvation, Jesus will never say:
"Go play somewhere; I'm busy."
"Fake it til you make it."
"I just don't think it's gonna work out between us."
"I knew you were a screw-up, but this one really surprised me."
"It's too late."
"I don't care."
"My assistant will get back…
A gospel-centered church will grow into a kingdom-mindedness that is a constant reminder that no local church owns anybody and that what is best for every local church is whatever is best for the expansion of the gospel and worship of Christ.
I love my friend Jesus, because he's sweet in all the ways I deeply need and greatly want.
Who is this King of glory?
Complementarianism is not generally about authority/submission, as if they exist in a moral vacuum. It is about what biblical authority/submission look like. Any man who treats his wife in a neglectful or abusive way is no complementarian; he is a walking perversion of manhood in need of repentance.
The art of preaching the gospel falls not only within the category of Instruction but also Exultation.
How would you live if you realized that nothing you fear could ever have the last word in your life?
Calling Peter a "rock" is like when we nickname a fat guy "Slim."
I wonder how the resolutions of us donut-eaters might stack up to these from Jonathan Edwards.
"I thank you God that I'm not like those religious people."
It's not the strength of the faith that saves, but the strength of the Savior.
"So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples." - Matthew 28:8
"And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid." - Mark 16:18
"But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen…
Not warm fuzzies.
For The Church managing editor Jared C. Wilson preaches on the inevitability of weakness in pastoral minstry and the necessity of the gospel for pastoral ministry at the 2014 Desiring God Pastors Conference pre-conference event.
Our Christ's preciousness is more than deserving to be adorned with the drink offering of our very lives. And it is our willingness to adore him in and through our breaking open that shows we believe this.
The gospel is indeed the antidote to every sin and suffering. But "just preach the gospel" misses the mark as the solution to all manner of ills, because the good news has necessary implications that adorn and amplify it.
This is not the image that most readily comes to mind when we think of pastoral ministry. Nobody flocks to pastor's conferences to learn about this. But it is incredibly important.
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."
We don’t begin by the Spirit and continue by the flesh (Gal. 3:3). We are not followers of Christ-and-something-else-ianity.
In the beginning, God created my body and mind.
But my heart was without form and void . . .
This mystery is grasp-able because it itself comes near and grasps.
Jared C. Wilson's message on "The Minister's Legacy" delivered at the 2017 For The Church National Conference.
The truth is, you’ve never met a wronged spouse like Jesus.
I just wanted to know he was there.
"The Christian life is the life of sons and daughters; it is not the life of slaves. It is freedom, not bondage. Of course, we are slaves of God, of Christ, and of one another. We belong to God, to Christ, to one another, and we love to serve those to whom we belong. But this kind of service is freedom.
"What the Christian life is not, is…
Discipleship to Christ is very difficult. But it is incomparably joyful.
One of the most valuable sentences in a pastor's arsenal is "I don't know."
Not what. Who.
There is this really magical thing that happens in homes all over the world. When you first have a child, you want your child to crawl. And then you want your kid to walk. My first child, Audrey, pulled herself to the coffee table. When she got to the coffee table, she began to bounce on her knees, and then she began to coast along. From there she started…
“The head of all rule and authority” had one of those wobbly baby heads.
Same methods, different results. What gives?
Until pastors discover and embrace their identity in Christ they will keep trying to find their identity in their position, their preaching, their persona, and their programs.
The safe Jesus of modern evangelicalism is not offensive, but neither is He very compelling.
We need the Jesus who loves us in our Genesis 13 moments and our Genesis 12 moments.
Jesus has a word for you today about tomorrow.
Jesus is our moral example, of course, but the power for enduring, joyful obedience comes not from trying to be like him, but in first believing that he has become like us . . .
When you have Christ, you have everything.
I very often treat the gospel like something I've moved on from, but every time I bring it back to mind, it transports me to a more beautiful, more powerful, more helpful place than any of these newfangled messages I flirt with every day ever could.
In the pastoral ministry world, we sometimes get the impression from the Bright Minds Among Us that only losers quit. Well, maybe so. But Jesus came for losers.
Two sweet words start the reversal of our will and fate.
The gospel is God’s love made manifest, and the church is the gospel of God’s love made visible.
If God came as a vulnerable, needful, weak baby, we have no need to fear for our own vulnerability, needfulness, and weakness.
He emptied himself so that we would not see our own emptiness as a hopeless cause.
Many things can and will make us happy.
There is no joy but in Jesus Christ.
"To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Fathers and mothers, husbands, wives or children or the company of earthly friends are but shadows; but the enjoyment of God is the substance. These are but the scattered beams; but God is the sun. These are but the streams; but God is the fountain. These are but drops; but God is…