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Shepherd God’s Flock: Protecting God’s People

Pastors, How Do We Protect the Flock ?

One wolf in a sheep pen can ravage the whole flock. The same is true in the church. One false teacher in the congregation can cause untold damage. An essential component of pastoral leadership is the call to protect the flock.
women preach

Should Women Preach Or Lead In The Church? Maybe…

Should women preach? After a lifetime of study, experience, thinking and prayer, I have finally decided I am both complementarian and egalitarian.

Bethel Church Responds to Pastor’s Request for Clarification on Beliefs

About a year ago, I sent Bethel an email asking them to clarify a lot of the things that are being said about them. They finally began that process.
changes in the church

Run 4 Experiments This Summer to Help Find Changes in the Church This Fall

Summer Church Experiments - Rather than looking for the “perfect” strategy for your church, it’s better to consider your practices as a series of experiments with changes in the church and then watch the results.
defining reality

3 Ways to Define Reality and Give Hope as You Lead

Defining reality for those we lead us has not been a one-time action during the pandemic. The grief and losses people are experiencing in this season is not something we can deal with once and then casually move past.

3 Places Your Pastoral Skills Must Be at Least Average

You must be at least average in these important pastoral skills or those weaknesses will overshadow your strengths.
beyond COVID

3 Factors for Leading Into The Future — Beyond COVID

Right now, we’re in-between pre-COVID-19 and post-COVID-19. What if God is using this time to prepare us for greater impact and purpose?

Pastoring: The Gloriously Grueling Gift

my assessment of the current experience of pastoring is consistent with what I have heard from others: Pastoring is hard.
weight of the world

Does Social Media Burden You With the Weight of the World?

I was envious of the freedom they were evidently experiencing. They were not carrying the weight of the world, burdens they did not need to carry.

The Altar: A Meeting Place With God

Are you in a period of no “altars” or “sacrifices” to the Lord? Has your slavery to sin kept you from drawing near to God?
sermon outline

How to Format a Sermon Outline

I have been preaching for 22 years, and I’ve tried every kind of sermon outline in the pulpit. From the back of napkins to printed PowerPoint slides; from 4,000 word manuscripts to a one-page outline. I’ve tried them all.

Preach the Bible, Not Calvinism

Preach the Bible instead of Calvinism because the Bible’s words are God-breathed, not our theological formulations.

Counter-Cultural: Submit to God or Conform to Culture

Following Jesus is counter-cultural in every society, though often in different ways.
David Cassidy

Longing for a Father: A Story About David Cassidy

David Cassidy longed to be known and accepted by his earthly father. It doesn't appear he was granted either of those things. Perhaps a relationship with the heavenly Father could have saved him the heartache he suffered.
Generous Church: Ten Top Characteristics

Generous Church: Ten Top Characteristics

Everyone sees the problems with giving; here is a vision for some solutions.
people aren't coming back

Two Scary Reasons Church People Aren’t Coming Back to Church

As the pandemic wanes, people aren't coming back to church. As far as I can tell, they divide into two separate categories.
prayers for pastors 10 Prayers Pastors Should Pray Every Day

10 Powerful Prayers for Pastors to Pray Every Day

These 10 prayers for pastors could really turn a rough day around in a hurry!
speaking in tongues

What Is Speaking in Tongues?

New Christians and old Christians alike usually ask the same questions when it comes to discussing speaking in tongues. Hopefully, this can give you a starting place as you search for a deeper understanding regarding the spiritual gift of speaking in tongues.
pastors quitting

Are More Pastors Quitting Today?

Talk of pastors quitting today is often not appreciated by other pastors. A pastor shouldn’t have to walk away from their job at a church for others to realize the job is hard.
a pastor's heart

10 Heartaches of Being a Pastor

A pastor's heart often goes through heartache. I make no claim that pastors are perfect people. We can be arrogant and uncaring at times. But at the same time, most pastors I know are genuine, faithful followers of God who love their congregations.

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