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What are involuntary sins and how should we deal with them?

Our responses flow from somewhere — from the deeper realities of the hearts we’re stewards of. We are stewards of the deeper realities just as much as we are of the surface expressions.

Christ-centered courage trumps charisma and gifts in evangelism

Love and mercy will reign forever when hate is cast away into outer darkness.

Humility can help a pastor avoid burnout

If you are a pastor, criticism comes with the territory.

Give yourself to the discipline of learning

A hunger to learn the Word of God, the ways of God, and the will of God expresses a hunger for God himself.

To learn from our historical heroes, we must consider their context

As Christians, we must attempt to look at history as it was — not simply as we are.

When should a pastor say no to a wedding?

We should always sit at the feet of older, more seasoned pastors, and learn from their mistakes. Often, the implications of a wedding don’t show up for years, sometimes even decades.

Seven ways to identify a healthy church

If a leader has all of the following seven traits, it is likely that leader will lead the congregation to greater health.

10 ways to respond to opposition

Don’t respond to opposition with that toxic blend of fear and anger. Respond with grace and truth.

The missions legacy of Billy Graham

We will probably never see another Billy Graham. We may never even see another ministry like his was.

The danger of preaching biblical truth, yet missing Christ

When ethical and moral imperatives are proclaimed as sufficient, even abstracted from Jesus, the result is a crossless Christianity in which the central message becomes an exhortation to live according to God’s rules.

What is the Mark of the Beast in Revelation 13?

We must be willing to suffer, to give our all for Christ, to persevere until the end in order to obtain the final reward.

Pastoral ministry is the weightiest of callings

Every serious pastor labors under a heavy weight. This is not belly-aching or an embellishment, but rather this is the reality of being a pastor.

Planting a church is never easy — even when it’s right

There’s never a “good” time to plant. You’ll always find valid, even logical reasons for putting it off.

Pastors must defend the faith from the left and the right

We need to be vigilant for the truth and to defend the faith. At the same time, we need to be careful about drawing lines too tightly.

Are you sure you need a quiet time?

If you can’t make time to meet God through the Bible and prayer now, it’s very unlikely you will when (if) life does slow down.

What does Paul mean when he says “she will saved through childbearing”?

A wife’s fulfillment of her role will be one of the evidences of perseverance in the faith.

Love change or hate it? How to respond when things shift

Our hearts determine how we respond to change because the heart is mission control center for human functioning.

What is a bad sermon and how do I recover from preaching one?

Pastor, you are a Christian first. If you did not carry out your calling effectively, rest in the finished work of Christ and in the knowledge that you are a child of God by faith alone.