If you want to change the movement of your church, you have to change the message.
My conversation on preaching with Tony Merida and Brandon Smith.
Turning prayers for material provision inside out.
The way some people talk about prayer owes more to New Age spirituality and witchcraft than biblical Christianity.
Until we understand that the gospel is the doorway into freedom from sin, even our religious efforts will simply be rearranging idols.
About that time there arose no little disturbance concerning the Way.—Acts 19:23
That is what we long for, deep down. That the Spirit of God would move afresh in our day with wonderful, healing disruptive force—that he would upend our self-regard and self-sovereignty, that he would come into our temples where we trade the currency of excuses for our sins and present such tidiness in our self-righteousness…
In our play we create and imagine and therefore tap into the very creative heart of God.
Does Paul's confrontation of Peter as recounted in Galatians 2 really have no implications for racial reconciliation?
It was not justice for the state to sanction same-sex marriage. It is in fact injustice, because it sanctions as "righteous" what God has called unrighteous.
I'm convinced that too few church members often think about the burdens and responsibilities that really do make ministry special.
So how can a pastor work to protect himself from crashing and burning? Incorporate the necessary ministry rhythm of RBM.
You shouldn't trust your illustration to do what only God's word can.
If everything is exciting, nothing is.
Pastors "go first."
A glorious throne set on high from the beginning
is the place of our sanctuary.—Jeremiah 15:12
As overwhelming as our trials can be, as enveloping as the darkness appears, as deep as the floodwaters grow, we can find solace of heart in knowing our souls are safe in a place bigger, broader, deeper than any distress. Our place of safety is no refugee tent thrown together…
“I hope that everyone gets to rich and famous and have everything they ever wanted so they could see it isn’t the answer.”
They can only go as deep as the gospel we give them.
It is not a miracle, or dependent on a miracle, in any sense. It is a purely philosophical result of the right use of the constituted means—-as much so as any other effect produced by the application of means. There may be a miracle among its antecedent causes, or there may not. The apostles employed miracles, simply as a means by which they arrested attention to their message, and…
Walking in the light may sting a little, but it is far preferable to life in the dark. And on top of that, it is the only way to healing.
Managing editor Jared Wilson expresses our vision for FTC's ministry to pastors.
"It happens over and over again that the gospel 'comes alive' in a way that the evangelist had never dreamed of, and has effects which he never anticipated. The gospel is addressed to the human person as a human person in all the uncountable varieties of predicaments in which human beings find themselves.
The gospel has a sovereignty of its own and is never an instrument in…
Here are just three of my favorite anecdotes touching on the surprising power of grace.
My left knee sends out a regular signal in Morse code that death is creeping up on me.
Are you a sheep?
There are many experiences that seminary can tell you about but can't prepare you for.
This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.—John 5:18
Okay, so the biggest problem with the quasi-evangelicals justifying their referring to God as "Mother" is not necessarily their feminist ideology or their misapplying actual biblical metaphors (like Matthew 23:37, for…
Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success.
If you have experienced the Spirit’s conviction, you have been primed to experience the Spirit’s power.
Maybe we’re in the same boat when it comes to our spiritual lives. Maybe you've been wanting to start fresh with your relationship with God, but you keep putting it off for whatever reason. Might your apprehension have less to do with the right timing and more with the right approach?
In The Holiness of God, R.C. Sproul calls this "Luther's own private Gethsemane."
O God, Almighty God everlasting! how dreadful is the world! behold how its mouth opens to swallow me up, and how small is my faith in Thee!… Oh! the weakness of the flesh, and the power of Satan! If I am to depend upon any strength of this world - all is over……
Here’s how you know if you hate something someone has done or if you actually hate that person.
When is God love?
When you are in tribulation, Love will bring you back to himself (Deut. 4:30).
When you are surrounded by the enemy, Love will keep you from evil (Deut. 23:9).
When you are invited to honor, Love will keep you humble (Matt. 14:8).
When you are judged, Love will justify you (Rom. 3:4).
When you are slandered…
The cross of Christ both proves and founds God's eagerness to forgive.
We should note that in all the Bible's words about reproof and rebuke and discipline, the Bible never says to "confess one another's sins."
Christian, the Lord knows you are not an asset to the organization.
When we engage in what the Bible calls foolishness—choosing sin over obedience—we engage in a practical kind of atheism.
How this Sunday at your church could be like the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.
The most incredible thing you could ever see is just around the corner.
“Do you think you could wash the dishes tonight?” she calls sweetly. “Um, sure,” he replies. “I’ll do it in the morning before I head out." Mom sighs.
We weren’t designed to be double-minded. We weren’t made to playact, to posture. So it’s impossible to keep The Persona from taking over.
Let's advance the gospel of the kingdom out into the perimeter of our hearts and lives with affectionate meekness and humble submission.
We really do want the best for you, which is why we felt like you needed to know these things. With a little more hard work and concentrated effort on your part, this can be a win-win for all of us.
When people are lazy (or restless), they do have a sin problem, but the sin problem is just a symptom of the deeper worship problem.
It takes conscious and concerted effort to orient our stubborn selves around the gospel.
Jesus is no talisman. Crucify "Jesus as key to your personal achievement" and he will stay dead. But the real Jesus achieves a victory greater and far superior to any wish-dream of any man.
The life of faith is difficult. But there is a joy waiting for us beyond all comparison.
Christian pastors aren't meant to be chaplains of the American Dream.
While Satan comes to accuse, Christ comes to accept.
Where the law announces death, Christ announces eternal life.
While we're all blame-shifting, Jesus is blessing-shifting.
He is the embodiment of love, and love never ends.
The idea that the holy God of the universe, the only one who has the absolute right to condemn us and dismiss us, declares his approval over us because of Jesus’ taking our sin and shame is so wonderful, so hope-giving, so steadying.