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14 Surprising Facts About Pastors

There are plenty of facts about pastors that might surprise you! You know your pastor preaches, officiates weddings and probably has meetings in his office to explain some theological question. But what is the role of a pastor really like?

True Confessions of a Pastor’s Kid

What makes a pastor's kid go bad? I have some theories, and my theories are based on what my parents and my PK friends' parents did right more than how other kids went wrong. 

How Pastors Can Use ‘The Chosen’ as a Gospel Opportunity—Dave Ferguson Talks to Ed Stetzer on Set

Pastor Dave Ferguson believes “The Chosen” is an excellent resource for church leaders to reach people who are close to becoming Christians or have just done so. Ferguson joined Dr. Ed Stetzer for an exclusive interview on the set of Season 4 of “The Chosen.” 

Navigating ‘Signals of Transcendence’: Insights From Os Guinness

Dive into "Signals of Transcendence" with English author and social critic Os Guinness. Uncover how moments of profound questioning can lead us toward deeper faith and understanding in today's secular world.

The Surprising Truth About Doubting

Jesus walked out of a sealed tomb and joined them for lunch. And in spite of all the disciples had experienced some of them doubted. How is such doubting possible?

Are There Levels in Heaven?

The idea of greater rewards among those blessed in the Kingdom works against the perspective of the text. In God’s kingdom, the blessed—the meek, humble, merciful, etc.—stand in stark contrast with what counts as great in this world.

Tips on Being an Emotionally Intelligent Pastor (From a Christian Psychologist)

As a Christian psychologist, my goal is to show you some startling research and help you understand a few very powerful leadership skills.

A Biblical Perspective on Demons and Spiritual Warfare

The biblical perspective on demons as malevolent spiritual entities emphasizes the ongoing spiritual warfare between the forces of good and evil.

Overcoming Your Fear of Praying in Public

Praying in public may very well be the Christian equivalent of public speaking, which is our greatest fear as the general population. And this fear is not restricted to ordinarily timid people. Even leaders sometimes have trouble leading in prayer.

The Importance of Being Equally Yoked in Relationships

The term, "equally yoked," often applied in the context of romantic relationships, can extend its wisdom to friendships, business partnerships, and various forms of alliances.

How to Embrace the Power of Prayer to the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is God, the third person of the Trinity, the active presence of God in the world and within believers: guiding, comforting, and empowering them for righteous living and service. Prayer to the Holy Spirit should be a vital part of Christian life.

How to Write an Obituary – These Obituary Examples Show the Way

Here are obituary examples that exemplify how to honor a loved one's memory, followed by guidance on how to write an obituary, and answers to common questions about creating this important tribute.

Embrace Each Day With Hope: His Mercies Are New Every Morning

The assurance that "His mercies are new every morning" has profound implications for believers. It offers a message of hope, highlighting that each day brings a fresh start, a new opportunity to experience God's grace.

Mustard Seed of Faith: Unlocking Transformative Potential

In a world where the measure of success and value often hinges on the grandiose and the visible, the concept of the "mustard seed of faith" emerges as a profound counter-narrative.

5 Things I’ve Learned Since Leaving Full-Time Ministry

Ever wondered if there's life after ministry? Here are some things I’ve learned—in darkness, pain, healing and a new lease on life—since leaving vocational ministry.

Which Bible Translation is the Most Accurate?

Discover the nuances of Bible translation accuracy as we explore popular versions like the NASB, CSB, ESV, NRSV, and KJV/NKJV. Understand the factors influencing accuracy and find the translation that aligns with your study needs and theological preferences.

The Basics: Four Types of Theology

In the realm of Biblical studies, the word theology encompasses a rich and diverse landscape, comprising various disciplines and approaches. One helpful framework for...

“Spare the Rod Spoil the Child” Is Not in Proverbs – Are There Alternatives?

"Spare the rod spoil the child." It's not actually in the Bible, but appears to originate from Proverbs 13:24. This phrase has sparked debates and discussions about the most effective methods of child-rearing.

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made – Psalm 139:14 Tells Us the Truth about Ourselves

The phrase fearfully and wonderfully made from Psalm 139:14 has resonated through ages, and offers profound insight into our creation and existence. This single...

Is “You Have Not Because You Ask Not” Really True?

At its core, "You have not because you ask not" is a call to deepen our faith and trust in God's willingness and ability to provide for us.

Chuck Swindoll, 89, Moves to Founding Role at Stonebriar; Jonathan Murphy...

Chuck Swindoll will become the founding pastor of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, with Jonathan Murphy stepping into the senior pastor role, the church announced.

David Ashcraft on the Surprising, ‘Deep Emotions’ He Felt Stepping Down...

David Ashcraft joins “The Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast” to talk about how leadership has changed, how pastors can leave their churches better than they found them, and the startling emotions he felt when he stepped down as senior pastor.

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