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Pastoral Plagiarism: 10 Do's and Don'ts

Pastoral Plagiarism: 10 Do’s and Don’ts

Good communicators borrow material all the time. But how should you communicate your sources of ideas and inspiration?
Charlottesville and a Scandalous Gospel

Charlottesville and a Scandalous Gospel

The Gospel is simply, gloriously and beautifully scandalous.
3 Temptations of Success . . . and 3 Values for Standing Strong

3 Temptations of Success…and 3 Values for Standing Strong

Success can ruin a ministry. I’ve seen it happen too many times. It sounds strange. We plan for success, we dream about success and—most importantly—we pray for success. Yet when it comes, we often self-destruct.
Now You See Him....

Now You See Him….

Have you ever wondered what Jesus was doing between the first Easter Sunday and his ascension six weeks later?
Charlottesville

#Charlottesville, the Christian Response, and Your Church’s Call

"For us, this is not about politics or free speech. It is about evil and the gospel that defeats it. The time to stand up—and speak up—is now."
8 Suggestions For Eager New Seminarians

8 Suggestions for Eager New Seminarians

Comparison is the thief of joy, and your theological training will be greatly hindered by comparing yourself to others.
5 Ways Tracking Church Attendance Messes With Your Soul

5 Ways Tracking Church Attendance Messes With Your Soul

"Having been in church leadership for most of my adult life, tracking numbers has done a number on me, both positively and negatively."
He's My #@*!-ing Pastor!

He’s My #@*!-ing Pastor!

My morning office is the Waffle House. This is a story about a time in the office.
It Might Sound Innocent, But Don’t Let Your Kids Say This Phrase

It Might Sound Innocent, but Don’t Let Your Kids Say This Phrase

It sounds innocent enough, but this is secretly an insidious phrase.
When Jesus Didn't Call God His Father

When Jesus Didn’t Call God His Father

There is one time in the book of Matthew when Jesus didn't call God "Father"—and the reason is pretty incredible.
Solitude and Silence

How a Practice of Solitude and Silence Increases Your Productivity

Most of the apostles, apologists, priests, pastors, and theologians in church history have all practiced a form of “spiritual white space,” withdrawing from the tyranny of the urgent and entering into an unstructured time of quietness and connection with God.

One Hard Truth of Leadership

Not everyone will agree with you—or even like you—if you are a leader.
6 Key Questions to Ask of Your Sermon Before You Preach it

6 Key Questions to Ask of Your Sermon Before You Preach it

Before you preach your next sermon, take the time to answer these six questions.
Are Your Best Days in Ministry Behind You?

Are Your Best Days in Ministry Behind You?

If you and I define best or better to involve more of the same, then we’re in trouble.
Is Confidence Necessary for Ministry?

Is Confidence Necessary for Ministry?

Yogi Berra was correct about baseball when he said “90 percent of the game is half mental.”
One Man’s Testimony of Finding Meaning in God

Former Drug User Shares His ‘Most Glorious Experience’ of Accepting Christ

Dominic Muir shares his testimony of God saving him from drug addiction.
The Danger of Blind Spots: How Could Christians Ever Support Slavery?

The Danger of Blind Spots: How Could Christians Ever Support Slavery?

"We too have blind spots that our children and grandchildren will speak of with shame."
The Power of Brutally Honest Self-Evaluation

The Power of Brutally Honest Self-Evaluation

"A brutal self-evaluation can be quite powerful, especially when we do it before the crisis point comes."
Reading Wars

Reading Wars

"The Internet and social media have trained my brain to read a paragraph or two, and then start looking around."
7 Things Your Kids Will Remember About You

7 Things Your Kids Will Remember About You

As parents, we tend to stress about things that don’t matter all that much.
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