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shepherds

Shepherds Must Whack the Wolves

A faithful expositional ministry will protect the flock from wolves both inside and outside the church. As a shepherd, it’s also our responsibility to identify the wolves.
multiply

Multiply Yourself for Ministry

Some pastors outgrow their jobs. Others find their jobs outgrow them. As you multiply your ministry, you must grow yourself.
biggest regret

My Single Biggest Regret From a Lifetime of Ministry

"I am not groveling in self-pity. I tell this in the hope that younger ministers will see themselves in this and not make the mistakes I did."
brainstorming

The Church Staff Brainstorming Session: Is There a Better Way?

Research indicates that a number of individuals working alone will generate more diverse and better quality ideas than the same number participating in a brainstorming session.  
your marriage

Fighting for Your Marriage When Life Beats You Up

Divorce rates among families with disabilities, infant loss, or special needs are high, and it’s no surprise. When the rest of your circumstances demand a fight, it can be hard to stick up for each other. It takes extra effort to fight for your marriage.
not sing

WHAT!?! Instructions to Not Sing at Church?!

Perhaps some would love to limit religious liberty, but I don’t read instructions to not sing during a pandemic when inside as necessarily an attack on my religious liberty. There are other biblical postures of worship that were not addressed in the instructions.
literal

Is the Bible Always Literal?

When I say the Bible is always literal, I mean that it always gives primary importance to what it means to give primary importance. The Bible always and perfectly says exactly what it means to say.
sin patterns

5 Steps to Break Ongoing Sin Patterns in Your Life

Do you know people who struggle with recurrent sin patterns? Are you that person, even as a church leader? If so, here are some steps to breaking those patterns.
want in a pastor

Congregations Don’t Want a Hero, They Want a Pastor

If you asked a few hundred church members from multiple churches what they want in a pastor, what do you think they’d say? You don’t have to wonder. Thom Rainer asked that question a while ago and published the top ten responses on his blog.
eternal glory

Your Captivating Call to Eternal Glory

For over a year, I have been unable to shake this thought. I am called to His eternal glory in Christ. What could this mean in our daily lives?
cultural sins

5 Overlooked Cultural Sins Threatening the Church

We may find that we’ve been blind to more subtle and subversive influences that are having a greater impact on the church than the issues that consume us.
bodies

Bodies Matter, She Says

Bodies matter. I often wonder if Christians would truly concur with this statement. I know we believe spiritual lives matter but what about embodied lives, flesh-and-blood lives?
covid-19 spike

Five Lessons I Learned from a Covid-19 Spike at Our Church

For the first three months of the Covid-19 outbreak, our church family of about 1,500 only experienced a handful of coronavirus cases. As far as we know, none of those cases were spread at one of our events. Two weeks ago, that all changed with a Covid-19 spike.
angry pastor

13 Signs You’re an Angry Pastor

The only difference between anger and danger is the letter “D.” This is especially true for an angry pastor. Over the past three decades, I have encountered several pastors with anger issues. The stories never ended well.
pastoral ambitions

Right and Wrong Pastoral Ambitions

Pride, selfishness, bitterness, and a host of sins, like parasites, sicken once healthy ambitions toward destructiveness. In guarding our hearts, we must also guard our pastoral ambitions.
be gentle

4 Reasons Pastors Ought to Be Gentle

Gentleness, then, may be considered a powerful apologetic. Not that we wish to be gentle in order to get attention, but as we follow Scripture’s call to gentleness, we can be calmed by the knowledge that this will surprise others.
about preaching

5 Lies Preachers Believe About Preaching

A pastor’s normal excessive scrutiny about his preaching is bad enough, but it is made worse when these five lies about preaching are believed.
accomplish more

How to Accomplish More With Short Periods of Time for Productivity

As we all know, there end up being loose ends – five minutes here, 10 minutes there, 20 minutes over there that are left over. The question is – what can we do with those short periods of time? Waste them or make them accomplish more?
digital discipleship

Churches Will Gather Again, But Digital Discipleship Is Here to Stay

If we can move from merely hosting digital versions of live church services into a new era of digital discipleship, faith leaders can successfully grow their congregations and foster lasting spiritual change.
patriotic church service

Why Younger Evangelicals May Feel Uneasy in a Patriotic Church Service

Some younger evangelicals see a patriotic church service as a compromise with worldly power. Their approach is to take the flag out of the sanctuary, never sing a patriotic song, and never mention a patriotic holiday.
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