One enters into eternal peace and joy. The other? “Depart from me. I never knew you.”
Before I am anything else, I am a man who has been saved and sustained by the God of the gospel.
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.
When a man is not okay with the life God has given him, he often pursues more not for the glory of God and building of His kingdom, but for the glory of self and building of the self-kingdom.
Multiple pastors have confessed to me that they have few or no real friends. This is unacceptable. There is a better way.
Our resurrection is coming! Every physical blessing in the heavenly places belongs to us. It is coming for us, but not yet.
A grace that turns inward is no grace at all.
The day after, everyone had cooled off a bit. I stepped into my mentor's office not knowing I was about to learn a lesson I would never forget.
I bet he was okay having his name decrease so that Christ's name could increase.
Escape the hoopla and step into the long view of planting by planting through shepherding.
For a people prone to forget, Paul's words to Timothy are a stirring call to rememberance. The reminder that Christ is at the center of all of life and ministry is a drink of cool water to parched and thirsty souls.
My wife and I are coming off a season of ministry when we had no clue what God was up to in our lives. We were in a very unhealthy situation and it seemed as if we had no way out or way forward.
I forever abandoned the idea of using the Bible to preach what I wanted. I had to actually preach the Bible.
Holding justification and adoption together is supremely important.
We would do well to learn how to grieve with people.
Churches are called to function with institutional and missional piety.
If I feel like my relationship with Jesus is bad right now I can look to Jesus and remember it's all about Him.
The Enemy of our souls and our sinful flesh has a way of adding terrible fuel to the raging fires of shame.
When we embrace the multi-faceted reality of the sovereignty of God, we are equipped to help others in their time of need.
When we understand the Gospel, we are secure with being who God calls us to be. Our identity is never going to be found in the shadows or footsteps of other preachers.
We need to remember that we were culpable products of our sinful environment as well.
Do we have confidence in our savior Jesus? Are we secure in the fact that Jesus will have us?
It is true. You can say the right thing in the wrong way.
Why then is it so easy for us to do this with the gift of salvation?
The faithful husband, namely Jesus, was judged in my place for my sin.
As I think about a future "retirement" from formal ministry, there are five things I hope are true about me at that time.
Oh yes, being a pastor and preaching the Bible is a high, great, and glorious call. But, it is not the highest, greatest, and glorious call of all.