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7 elements every worship service needs

As worship leaders, what we believe about God must always determine how we lead our churches.

Take up your cross, put down your phone, and follow me

5 tips to follow Jesus in a hyper-distracted world

This is why I love teaching my kids about the Reformation

I want them to know the gospel is everything. I want them to know defending the Bible is dangerous, but worth the risk.

Luther’s timely discovery of a merciful God

Church history professor Michael A.G. Haykin takes you to a critical moment for Christianity. For a German monk, it was decades of spiritual struggle in the making.

6 habits every aspiring missionary needs today

Whenever someone tells me about a desire to serve in missions, I want to affirm this wonderful calling while also tempering their excitement.

Abandon the Reformation, abandon the gospel

Does Reformation theology matter today? Absolutely. It is tempting to think of the Reformation as a mere political or social movement. In reality, however, the Reformation was a fight over the gospel itself.

2 lies every pastor’s wife needs to stop believing

Ministry wives, you’re going to make mistakes, but the perfect and holy God provides his strength through my weaknesses, which far outweighs any pastor’s-wife-concocted perfection or friendship scheme that I can devise.

How can I know that my child is saved?

While we are not God and cannot see the heart, certain evidence can help us discern the legitimacy of a child or teenager’s profession of faith.

5 reminders Christians need when tragedy strikes

In the midst of tragedy, remember Jesus’s teaching that it came for a reason. The reason may not be one that you can discern from limited human perspective, but it’s for his glory – everything is.

Don’t waste your leisure

Scripture clearly forbids laziness, but does not forbid leisure time. After God finished creating the world and everything in it, he rested.

How to deal with a church disrupter

5 strategies for dealing with members who disrupt church unity.

The best way to defend the gospel is passing it on

We preserve the faith by passing it on. We defend the gospel by making disciples.

5 tasks every pastor needs to do today (and every day)

Pastors must never tire of preaching Jesus. Pastors do not preach the words of men. They do not preach themselves. They do not preach their own wisdom or man-made techniques. They preach Christ and Him crucified.

Hospitality is not an optional ministry

Ministry is hospitality, and hospitality that is more than an event. It is simply the Christian way of life.

5 simple ways to get young students excited about old hymns

I wanted to help our older generation pass down these precious gems to the next generation. I also wanted the next generation to be able to take ownership of these hymns.

Why community can’t be the most important part of your church

Relationships are deeper and richer when our ultimate confidence is in Christ and not one another.

Hidden Idols: Unseating the idol of pride

Pride robs God of his glory because it delights in self-glory. That’s why seminary is so dangerous.

Hidden Idols: Unseating the idol of porn

Surrendering in simple faith: Nate Larkin’s story