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Pastors must defend the faith from the left and the right

Paul charges Timothy to “guard the good deposit” (2 Tim 1:14), which is the gospel of Jesus Christ. We’re to remain vigilant in guarding the gospel because both the Scriptures and also church history remind us that many have swerved from the truth. Even a cursory reading of the New Testament reveals that upholding the…

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.

Let your church hear you sing

Do you love the members of your church enough to minister to them through song?

4 ways to undermine your Christian witness on social media

Jesus laid out a good rule of thumb for all of our online interactions when he said, “love your neighbor as yourself.”

Spiritual Fathering

It seems as if everyone is talking about pastoral mentorship these days. Not a week goes by that I don’t receive something in the mail at my office that reminds me of the importance of training younger men in pastoral ministry—a task that I embrace and seek to practice wholeheartedly. But most of the material…

Aiming at a Christ-Shaped Church

The aim of change for any declining local church is revival, growth, and maturity in Christlike love for God and His people. As a pastor, nothing gives me greater joy than to see God’s people being renewed in their desire to know God intimately, to praise Him passionately, and to love His people without hypocrisy.…

Healthy Church Structure for Church Revitalization

The necessity of healthy church structure has been a challenge from the time that the church began. It is not a new dilemma. Acts 2 describes how the first church developed a basic structure for worship, Bible study, and fellowship. As the church grew and additional challenges surfaced, the leaders added structure to take care…

Becoming an effective Church Revitalizer

One of the frequent questions asked of me regarding church revitalization is, “What are the requirements for being effective in church revitalization?” Mark Clifton, in his book Reclaiming Glory: Revitalizing Dying Churches, has done an excellent job in outlining the characteristics necessary for a church revitalizer. I do not want to just repeat his thoughts,…

Church Revitalization begins with Personal Revitalization

And as we identify critical issues we must apply biblical wisdom to address them. But, before we begin with the corporate we should begin with ourselves – with our own hearts.

Here’s a better way to determine your spiritual gifts

If you give yourself to other believers in the church, you will inevitably be using your gifts.