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The Impossibility of Being a Pastor

Every pastor who regularly preaches has wondered, “Did that message make a difference? Will anything happen?” We’re all together in this. But maybe our penchant for "excellence" is holding us back.

The Danger of ‘Make-Believe’ Orthodoxy

True orthodoxy is found only in obedience. Period. It is not found, despite the insistence of some, primarily in portentous intellectual agreement to approved theological codes.

How Are Church Finances Coming Out of COVID and Headed Into a Potential Recession?

To understand what churches can anticipate in 2023, let’s take a closer look at recent financial trends and current forces impacting churches. 

Gospel Renewal in an Age of Deconstruction

Deconstruction provides an excellent lens through which to identify error, deceit, and corruption. But on its own, it fails to provide a new way forward.

Stepping Away From Un-Christian Politics

Because politics are so heated, the season we are in presents Christians with a unique opportunity to live counter-culturally to the typical partisan spin and vitriol.

MLK Was Not Color-Blind, But Color-Courageous

The idea that Martin Luther King Jr. was color-blind is a myth. When we look at the vast scope of his work, instead of taking one quote out of context, we’ll see that King never said that the way to advance racial equality was to ignore our racial differences.

Disarming a Weaponized Church: Moving Forward Amid Turmoil in the UMC

The United Methodist Church currently feels like a war zone. But the way forward is to “beat our swords into plowshares” (Isaiah 2:4) on the anvil of compassion. Here are three principles that can guide us.

Three Scenes: The Open Secret in Christian Adoption Circles and Why It Matters to the Church

In the last two decades, I’ve met countless people who, even though they don’t feel personally called to be adoptive parents, are nevertheless excited about adoption.

Abounding Love: My Life with Chronic Illness

I can recall hearing the words “chronic illness” being spoken from a stage twice in my lifetime. Once was during a worship service during my orientation to Wheaton College in 2016. The other was also at Wheaton College, this time from my own lips as I shared about my illness in chapel the following year.

Doors and Broken Handles: Discerning Where God Wants Us to Go

We have all experienced open and closed doors in our Christian life. But how do we know when a door is really shut? How hard should we pull?

Seven Surprising Ways To Prepare Yourself To Share the Gospel

What does it mean to be prepared to share the gospel? Here are seven ways to prepare yourself to be a person that God can use to share his good news—and to whom others will actually listen.

How To Talk With a High School Senior Who Is Reconsidering Fall Plans

If your high school senior is feeling anxious about next year, he or she is certainly not alone. There are a few important ways to engage seniors who are in the throes of the “what’s next” decision.

10 Characteristics of Healthy Relationships

What are the characteristics of healthy relationships? Based on the way God relates to mankind in the first three chapters of Genesis, there are at least ten characteristics of a healthy relationship.

The Primary Apologetic for the Christian Faith

A personal conversion story is the primary apologetic for reaching people far from Jesus—regardless of time and context. And the great thing about this apologetic is: Every believer can master it!

3 Ways To Come Alongside Fathers Grieving a Miscarriage

How should men help men grieve miscarriage? Every miscarriage is unique, as is every grieving man. Loving well requires prayer, thought, and patience—but Jesus offers help. Here are a few pointers.

9 More Things About Asian American Christianity

This article highlights nine significant things about Asian American Christianity from my personal vantage point.

Lifeway Research: Pastors Split Over Ministry Return Time Frame for Pastors Who Commit Adultery

When a pastor commits adultery, most of their fellow pastors believe they should withdraw from public ministry for at least some time.

The Un-Talked About Pain of a Pastor: Recovering From Burnout

Is healing from burnout possible? Yes, out of winter comes spring. Out of compost comes rich soil. Out of death comes resurrection. This is the path Christ took and is inviting every pastor to plummet into.

A First Century Story for the 21st

Yassir Eric’s story highlights one of the most important and exciting movements in the global Christian church today. Christians all over the world should be celebrating and supporting the acts of bold 21st-century apostles such as Yassir.

Ukraine: What Might Be a Post-COVID Church

In late November, Brian Stiller met with Ukrainian church leaders to discuss matters of unity and public witness among evangelicals during the global pandemic.

‘I Was Going Pretty Fast’—Pastor Moved to Tears After Receiving Police...

On Sunday (Sept. 17), Glen Morrison Jr., a pastor in Springfield, Illinois, was escorted by a local police officer to the hospital after being pulled over for speeding. He was rushing his daughter to the emergency room for a severe asthma attack.

Benjamin Watson: What Church Leaders Need To Know About Abortion and...

Benjamin Watson joins “The Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast” to discuss what the pro-life movement should focus on now that Roe has been overturned.

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