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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.

226 years ago today, Baptist missions was born

In May of 1792, William Carey powerfully argued that the clear teaching of the New Testament was that Christ had accomplished everything necessary for the ingathering of the nations.

We persevere in the faith because of God’s preserving grace

In my prayers, I rarely fail to be grateful for God’s saving grace in Christ, but I realized that I seldom thank him for the daily grace that keeps me saved.

Seven habits of long-term pastors

These habits are not unique to long-tenured pastors. But they do seem to be most consistent among those pastors who have been at one church for at least ten years.

Messy lives don’t appear on Facebook

Only a life fully exposed to God’s Word and soaking in the community of Christ can bring to light the mess our social media feeds seek to avoid, and properly develop our growth in Christlikeness.

Reflections on 15 years of revitalization at my church

The first five years were brutal. There were three different movements to get me fired. In the midst of all the hostility and adversity, God was still building his church.