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Apr 27, 2015

Leave Everything and Go Wherever by Casey Lewis

While God certainly asks missionaries to pick up their life, leave everything, and go wherever, His call on His disciple's lives doesn't end there.

Apr 27, 2015

What Should My Church Sing?

Part 1: He Will Hold Me Fast

We want to encourage churches to sing songs that are theologically rich and coherent, gospel-centered, hope-instilling, and singable. Far too often we don’t know where to look for these songs. “What Should My Church Sing?” is a series of posts that will aim to grow your churches hymnody by pointing you to songs that we think your church should sing.

Apr 27, 2015

Brothers, We Are Not Brands by Keith Collier

I don’t think most Christians have a calculated, self-conscious plan to build their brands. At first blush, we recoil at the thought of pride and self-promotion. But the incipient nature of pride works its way into our thoughts and actions quietly. What we think are noble aspirations to build his kingdom can sometimes be tainted with a desire to build ourselves up. It’s a vice we must all fight.

Apr 27, 2015

God's People Need a Pastor, Not Just a Preacher

Four Practical Ways to Faithfully Shepherd Your People

People come weary and broken into the doors of church on Sunday. They need to hear a word from the Lord. Yes, they often need to be challenged, stretched, exhorted, and rebuked. But if all they ever hear is that they don’t love Jesus enough, aren’t making disciples fast enough and with enough urgency, aren’t praying enough and are sinning too much—if this is all the people hear every single…

Apr 27, 2015

Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars in the Church by Charles Smith

Are you a leader who wants to unify your church and dismantle the silos, politics, and turf wars that frustrate real ministry and mission? Then labor to help your people see beyond their own cardboard kingdoms and embrace the greater kingdom of God.

Apr 27, 2015

Knowing When to Leave (and Other Pastoral Issues) by Greg Belser

5 questions on life and pastoral ministry with Pastor Greg Belser.

Apr 27, 2015

What Small Churches Can Do, Part One by Joe Thorn

As I have seen several churches in my area continue to dwindle in size I have watched the leadership of many of these churches settle into into one of three dangerous mentalities . . .

Apr 27, 2015

Pursuing the Right Thing in Ministry by Matt Chandler

If your hope is set on anything other than Christ, how will you survive when ministry goes bad? And it will.

Apr 26, 2015

The Problem with "God Told Me So" by Staff

"The brother dismissed my view as impossible on the grounds that the Holy Spirit, who does not lie, had told him the truth on this matter. Being young and bold, I pressed on with my explanation of grammar, context, and translation, but was brushed off by a reference to 1 Corinthians 2:10b-15: spiritual things must be spiritually discerned -- which left little doubt about my status."

Apr 26, 2015

The Age of the Earth

A Conversation Among Bereans

In the end, "the age of the earth" is an intramural discussion among creationists that only serves to bind us closer together in refuting that which is clearly contrary to Scripture, the theory of evolution.