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Why you can’t understand the Bible without understanding the covenants

If we don’t understand the covenants, we will not and cannot understand the Bible because we won’t understand how the story fits together.

Preaching: An exercise in longing

How to preach so your church wants heaven more than life

What my son with autism taught me about myself, Christ, and ministry

My son has blessed me tremendously because he has taught me about my sinfulness, my dependency on Christ, and ultimately the selfless love of Christ.

5 reasons pastors get depressed (and why they don’t talk about it)

5 reasons why depression is a pervasive issue among pastors.

How to preach difficult doctrines without splitting your church

Faithful doctrinal teaching always starts with the text, not a system.

8 reasons the resurrection matters more than you think

In our drive to make everything cross-centered, have accidentally forgotten the resurrection?

6 things every Christian needs to know about sanctification

Sanctification is part recognizing that our redemption has been accomplished by Christ, and part realizing that our redemption is being applied by the Spirit.

5 steps to be a better reader (and read better books)

Ministry leaders are often pressed for time, but we must make time to read. The reward is worth the work.

Faith that moves mountains: What Jesus didn’t mean

Jesus teaches us that if we have the smallest amount of faith, God works on our behalf.

5 strategies for actually reforming your church

Good shepherding takes place in the steadiness of feeding, nurturing, caring, and watching out for the flock.

Why your personality shapes everything you do in ministry

As we rise with him, even our personalities are redeemed and regenerated and renewed and reformatted.

4 tough questions every pastor needs to ask about food

We have to own our pursuit or rejection of food before Jesus can come and provide the only lasting comfort amidst this world’s sufferings.

If Christians can lose their salvation, we all lose the gospel

Denying the perseverance of the saints has absolutely devastating consequences.

Why every pastor needs to become a better listener

The profile of a good listener is the opposite of the proverbial fool: patient, energetic, focused.

Does my church have to choose between Sunday school and small groups?

The church should be a place where training and growth occur so that Christians flourish.

5 things every pastor can learn from Billy Graham

Billy Graham’s faith was authentic, on and off the crusade stage.

7 things every Christian can learn from Billy Graham

These observations are not about the vast numerical impact of his evangelistic ministry (such as preaching to over 200 million people), but about his on-going legacy from which we can draw inspiration in our own lives and ministries today.

Billy Graham and Southern Seminary

Seven decades of Great Commission collaboration