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cost of adultery

The High Cost of Adultery—and Who Pays It

From time to time we need to be reminded of the high cost of adultery that those who love us are required to bear when we break our vows. #unfaithfulness #adultery

No Pastor, Everything Hasn’t Changed

So remember, pastor, that while circumstances have changed (and still are!), what is essential for leading and serving in the church has not changed. What is needed is wisdom for knowing how to minister in changing times.

To Every Pastor Who Is Ready to Give Up

Because pastoral burnout and discouragement have reached epidemic levels. There are all kinds of factors behind this, but regardless of the causes, my heart breaks every time I talk to another discouraged pastor.
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The Best Method for Discipling Believers in a Thriving Small Church

The Best Method for Discipling Believers in a Thriving Small Church “What discipleship curriculum do you recommend for small churches?” I get asked that question a...

The Two Largest Groups Who Have Not Returned to In-Person Worship Since COVID

In that regard, we are hearing about the two largest groups who have not returned to in-person service. These groups are mentioned consistently when we hear from church leaders.
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Checklist for Better Preaching – 11 Steps

I am not the best preacher on the planet, but I am passionate about better preaching. Here are a few things that I have learned along the way and things that I am currently trying to implement.

5 Practices of Leaders Who Develop Leaders

Developing leaders is an art. It’s a great responsibility and one of the most meaningful things you can do as a leader.  Personally, I love it!
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Beyond $1,000 sneakers: Carl Lentz, Hype Priests and the Cult of Celebrity

Like these other hype priests, before he was fired, Carl Lentz had attracted an expansive following through his charismatic sermons, inspirational books and geometric jawline.

For the Long Haul, Go Deep

My early years were characterized by a mad rush to the pastorate. I took a Bachelor of Theology Honors degree, which was a Master of Divinity with a year tacked on for those with no undergraduate degree. I graduated and took my first pastorate at the age of 24. I was ordained less than two years later.

Top Characteristics of a Good Shepherd

Good shepherds can say to their flocks, "Follow me as I follow Christ."

Distinguishing Between Overwhelmed and Overworked and Why It Matters

If overworked, one should look to simplify aspects of his or her role. If overworked, one should look to adjust work rhythms. If overworked, one should look at the most fruitful parts of their role/job and make a case to spend less time on other aspects.

What Is Lent and How Should I Observe It?

I walked through my first Lent in 2004. I had been raised and later ministered in a church that didn’t observe Lent. While Lent was all new to me, it is not new at all for most Christians in history or in the world today.

Why Does God Command Violence in the Old Testament?

Is God's personality inconsistent between the Old and New Testaments? N.T. Wright and Jefferson Bethke discuss it.
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7 Things Pastors Gave Their Churches During 2020 and COVID

The title of my message was 7 Things Pastors Gave Us During 2020 and COVID.  The content was especially tailored to those in attendance but applies to all pastors.
evangelical christians

9 Lies the Media Spreads about Christians

While there are certainly exceptions, I’ve identified nine common lies perpetuated about evangelical Christians by people in the media. 
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How to Be an Effective Quiet Leader

There are a lot of quiet leaders and ministers. Ministers who like to process, listen and protect before they speak. And that’s ok. But, just because you are quiet does not mean you have to get walked on.

The Most Dangerous Sentence You’ll Hear in Ministry

“I wish my husband was more like you.” -- This is the most dangerous sentence I have heard (in one form or another) multiple times throughout my ministry.
types of churches

Two Main Types of Churches

There are two main types of churches that say they very much want to reach the unchurched. The first believes it is vital to proclaim the truth of the Christian message to a darkened world.
resurrection Sunday

Let’s Make Every Sunday Resurrection Sunday

Easter is coming! Believe it or not, Resurrection Sunday is only about two months away. #Easter
perspective on life

Brothers: Our Perspective on Life Shapes Us As Men

I think we men have a hard time embracing our identity in Christ. It has taken me years to understand that my perspective on life and even my view of myself affects me.

Latest News

John Baker, Celebrate Recovery Founder, Dies Unexpectedly

Tributes continue pouring in for John Baker, co-founder of the Christ-centered support group Celebrate Recovery. Baker, 72, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, according to the ministry’s social media posts.

New Podcasts

Jason Sobel: How to Read the Bible in High Definition

"I feel like a lot of people are reading the Bible in standard definition," says Rabbi Jason Sobel, "because they don’t know how the Old and the New Testaments connect. And when you connect the dots, the Bible comes alive."