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4 important questions to ask before joining a church

If you can answer in the affirmative to all four of these questions, there is a good possibility you have found your next church.

Here’s why we must never preach legalism

Legalism always produces two kinds of people: Those who know they do not measure up to God’s standards; and those who pretend that they measure up to God’s standards.

Should I consider journaling this year?

Unlike the words of David and Jeremiah in Scripture, no believer’s writings today are divinely inspired. But the example of the biblical authors in writing their prayers, meditations, questions, etc., provides scriptural validation for Christians today to do the same.

Read these books on pastoral ministry in 2019

I’m confident many useful books for pastors will roll off the presses in 2019, but as we close out the old year and usher in the new, here are several of the best ministry-related books I read in 2018.

All of the church’s best leaders should move away. Here’s why.

The task of a pioneer missionary is not a fall-back option for those who can’t make it in the states.

Six ways the cradle points to the cross

The good news links the Christmas story with Easter and shows how one is incomplete without the other.

The possibilities of online education

What can quickly be forgotten in this rush toward online education is that the Scriptures and our theological confessions should shape not only the content of our courses but also their design and delivery.

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.