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10 Thoughts on Christians and Halloween

I have studied spiritual warfare for many years, so you might assume that I strongly encourage believers to avoid anything related to Halloween.

9 Evidences That Popularity and Fame Are Getting the Best of You

The former puts you on the platform before others, but the latter convicts your soul. Aloneness with God slowly disappears for the person drawn away by fame and popularity.
Pastor: Use Your Digital Platforms to Take a Stand

Pastor: Use Your Digital Platforms to Take a Stand

We ought to love one another and to use the church as a place of healing. Church communicators can do all of the above—we can make a space for honest conversation, healing, and love by using our digital platforms.

The Hardest Year Yet for Pastors

Church members have become increasingly vocal, critical, and divided over issues related to regathering, wearing masks, and personal reengagement in ministry. Pastors field almost daily comparisons with other churches who are handling it the “right” way.
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The Church Leader’s Brain in the Covid Crisis: 5 Tips to Keep Your Brain...

A few google searches will reveal many great ideas on how to do church in the Covid crisis. But remember, good thinking always precedes great ideas and great leadership, which we need in these uncertain times.
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4 Reasons You Should Consider Teaching or Volunteering in Kids Ministry

Last weekend I was not scheduled to teach in our adult services at Mariners Church so I volunteered to teach Sunday morning in our kids ministry. I am so thankful for those who serve in kids ministry each week.
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Pastoring Through a Contested Election: A Kenyan Perspective

Pastoring through a contested election isn’t like writing a position paper. It’s attending to wounded sheep. It’s calling members as brothers and sisters to check in on each other. It’s opening up our homes for anyone who felt unsafe.

Does a Deep Message Impress Your Seminary But Confuse Your Church?

Nowhere more than when I am writing a message. As a communicator and preacher, there’s something in me (and I bet I’m not alone) that intuitively believes a message is only good if it’s deep, layered, and rich.

Things to Know—and Not to Know—About Bible Prophecy

I submit there are no experts on Bible prophecy.

6 Important Factors to Re-Open Your Church Well

Let’s start there, churches don’t simply re-open, and you’re done. Re-opening is a process, and it could be a long one depending on when we finally get to the post COVID era. It requires a new leadership mindset.
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What’s the Purpose of Pastors?

Pastor as shepherd, pastor as priest or pastor as CEO? Tim Challies takes a look at each of these pastor job descriptions to give us a better idea what the role of pastor should entail.

People Will Leave Your Church

I’ve been a pastor of a church for nearly 35 years. You learn a few things along the way. Here’s an important one: people leave. It doesn’t matter what you do or what you don’t do. People can and will leave.

How to Get Back Up When Ministry Knocks You Down

If you’re a pastor, a missionary, or serve in a church, you can’t avoid discouragement, disappointment, and hurt from ministry. The Bible even uses the not-so-complimentary metaphor “sheep” to describe those we serve.

Sloth: The Spiritual Assassin

There’s a killer at loose in the church, a spiritual assassin with a long line of casualties to his name.  He assaults relationships, our bodies, our bank accounts, our prayer lives, and, if we’re married, even our sex lives.

8 Reasons We Preachers Look Forward to and Tremble Over Preaching This Sunday

I’m excited about preaching at my church this coming weekend, but I’m also burdened about it. I suspect I speak for most preachers as I write these words, and I’m asking you to pray today, tomorrow, and Sunday for all preachers you know.
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New American Standard Bible 2020 Update

After completion in 1971, the NASB was updated in 1977, 1995, and most recently in 2020. This brand new update NASB 2020 of the widely respected NASB 1995 builds upon its strengths by further improving accuracy, modernizing language, and improving readability.

10 Poisons That Will Kill Any Church

As I think about churches dying, I’m reminded there are certain poisons that are causes of death. I call them poisons because they are deadly, but they are avoidable. The churches that die from them do so by their own hand.

Why Your Character Is Crucial, and How to Develop It

Character is core to who you are as a leader, whether or not people trust you, and your overall effectiveness for the good of others.

How to Know if You’re a Powerful, Fruitful Christian

So fruitfulness means “abiding in Christ.” But what does that mean? It seems pretty clear to me. To be fruitful, we live in day-by-day, hour-by-hour, even minute-by-minute abiding fellowship with Jesus.
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Are You a Sleep Deprived Pastor? Take This Quiz and Find Out

In fact 1/3 of all Americans are sleep deprived. I imagine pastors exceed that percentage. 

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