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4 dangers in planting churches across ethnic lines

In order to remain a missionary, you must fight against your natural tendency to connect with those who look like you and intentionally develop cross-cultural friendships.

Eight reasons Baptist history should matter to you

Studying Baptist history enables us to become Baptists by theological conviction. It teaches us that there are many good biblical and theological reasons to hold a firm grip upon Baptist ecclesiology as a necessary biblical complement to a robust confessional, evangelical orthodoxy.

10 challenges you’ll face in ministry

Leading God’s people is unlike any other task in the world — which is why it requires a calling of the Spirit, and not merely training for a job.

Pastor in progress: Four marks of a faithful servant

If you find that you are not a perfect pastor, do not be surprised or dismayed. Recalibrate your expectations and be grateful for the progress God is making in your own heart and soul.

5 surprising lessons from revitalizing a dying congregation

Church revitalization is hard work, and many of the lessons I’ve learned have been not just unexpected, but difficult and painful.

Author Interview: Timothy Paul Jones & Michael Wilder, “The God Who Goes Before You”

Timothy Paul Jones & Michael Wilder converse about their new upcoming book, “The God Who Goes Before You”.

How to deal with addictions: Kill them

Addictions do not die in one decisive action. They die over a long period of time.

Go to church — even when you don’t feel like it

In the good times, we don’t need covenants, because we can get by on feelings alone. But covenant communities hold us up when we’re faltering.

5 myths about seminary

Seminary can by no means teach everything you need to know, but it puts strong tools in your box to set you up for a lifetime of matriculating in the school of Christ.

Don’t unhitch from preaching and teaching fullness of the OT

By including the Old Testament in our teaching, we actively find ways to connect the ancient roots of our faith to the stories about Jesus, bringing together one coherent, metanarrative.

3 things you may not know about the Sermon on the Mount

The sermon is wisdom from the Father, inviting us through faith to re-orient our values, vision, and habits from the ways of external righteousness to whole-heartedness toward God.

Is Christianity a religion of doctrine or of love? Yes.

Christianity does not begin by telling us to love other people. It begins with the great biblical doctrines of God, man, Christ, and the gospel.

3 reasons your church shouldn’t be all about numbers

The people of your city are not prospective church attendees, they are sheep without a shepherd.

3 reasons your church should be all about numbers

I would argue that the number of people who come to Christ and join your church should be of great concern. I believe you should care how many people are on your membership list — down to the very last one.

Making a Christian college Christian

A Christian college should mobilize its curriculum, faculty, and programming to help students develop the skill of thinking critically according to God’s revelation.

What does Paul mean when he says ‘let a woman learn quietly?’

God intends a certain order in the husband-wife relationship. The order of creation establishes the husband as leader in the first marriage and in all marriages to follow.

Seven things we often mistake for evangelism

We have not obeyed the calling to evangelize until we talk specifically about the person and work of Jesus Christ and the necessity to believe in him.

Four essential elements of evangelism

Whether you have been a Christian for a few months or a few years, Jesus Christ calls you, through his Word, to practice evangelism for his glory, your neighbor’s salvation, and your joy.