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spiritual practicies

The Goal of Spiritual Practices

Spiritual practices are the ways that we connect with God and relate to God. But spiritual practices also do something else; they are how we become more present to God, others, and ourselves.

40: God’s Number for Life Change

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the 40 days of Lent. For reasons unknown to us, the length of 40 – whether 40 days or 40 years – has been significant throughout biblical history

In Our Discipling Relationships, Best-Sellers Are Great . . . But the Bible Is...

Books are tremendous tools for discipling. But with so many good resources out there, we can be tempted to forget the best book on discipleship—the Bible.

This World IS My Home and I’m NOT Just Passing Through

Help your people see salvation as more than God’s evacuation plan to one day get His followers out of this world.
pastor's kid

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. 
pastor dresses

Does It Matter How the Preacher Dresses?

"I urge preachers to turn up the dial a notch."
spiritual formation

The Pastor’s Calling: Spiritual Formation and Discipleship

Spiritual formation and discipleship are more like horticulture than education. Good soil brings great harvests. Success in making disciples is not (at first) measured quantitatively, but qualitatively.

4 Ways to Live Wisely Through a Season of Being Overwhelmed

This has been a season of being overwhelmed for many people, including leaders who wrestle with how to serve their ministries and organizations well in the midst of such differing viewpoints on a plethora of issues. #overwhelmed #leadership

How Rejection Affects Leaders

Disapproval and rejection can sting and wound. We’ve all felt it. What do we do when important people in our lives (or even those that we don’t deem important) reject us? How do we respond as did Jesus when he was rejected and scorned? In this post I unpack this painful thing called rejection.
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.
small church

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.
better preaching

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!
hype priests

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.

Latest News

Dr. Larry Crabb, Christian Counselor, Spiritual Adviser and Author, Has Passed...

Christian counselor, author, and teacher Dr. Larry Crabb passed away on Feb. 28 at the age of 77. His ministry, Larger Story, said that he "can now testify to the unspeakable joy and unlimited goodness of God. It truly is well with his soul."

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Christian Nationalism Podcast Series: Should Your Church Be Alarmed?

In our series on Christian Nationalism, host Jason Daye talks with Dr. Timothy Keller, Franklin Graham, Dr. Samuel Perry, and Dr. Glenn Packiam. You won't want to miss a single episode.