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Why Christ’s birth was an act of war

Christmas is not just about baby Jesus. It’s about the warrior-king Jesus, coming to redeem his people.

31 questions to ask for a more Christ-centered 2018

Use these questions as a tool to craft more intentional New Year’s resolutions.

5 things your kids need to know about death

Our kids need to be prepared—in age-appropriate ways—for life in a world captive to sin and death.

3 reasons to not skip the “boring” parts of the Bible

There are no unimportant words in Scripture. So let us delight in them and preach them all.

Why your church should support fewer missionaries

Making a broad impact is nice, but making a deep impact would result in greater influence and bring greater glory to God.

Why you need Advent more than you realize

The waiting of Advent is actually good for us and is molding us into the likeness of Christ.

3 strategies for preaching on holidays

Should I pause my expository preaching on holidays?

If you want your church to be more like Christ, preach the gospel

Preach Christ in all of Scripture, because only by seeing him will we become like him — the purpose for which we were created and redeemed.

5 reasons a shrinking church may be a good thing

Not all church decline is bad.

Two Scripture passages every pastor needs today (and every day)

Pastor, meditate on these texts to nourish your faithfulness and silence your anxiety.

Sojourners and Exiles Living in a Foreign and Hostile Land: An Overview Sermon of 1 Peter

As long as we have breath, let us encourage one another to rest in the salvation God has accomplished for us in Jesus.

Spurgeon’s advice for suffering Christians

When experiencing trials, Charles Spurgeon made a point to cling to God’s promises.

Church planting probably won’t make you famous

If you go into church planting looking for fame or adventure, you probably won’t find either.

How to prepare your church for an active shooter

Hopefully we will never need these guidelines, but our churches must be prepared for the worst case scenarios.

Every leader needs this kind of friend

3 marks of true Christian friendship

Six things new church members need to know

Every time I teach a church membership class, I try to answer these six questions guests and new members often have.

A Fresh Look at Martin Luther’s ‘A Mighty Fortress’

Since German is my first language, and since I grew up hearing this hymn from my parents first in German, I wanted to attempt a fresh version that might clarify a few obscure spots in the English text.

8 reasons pastors need the Reformation

Praise God that it pleased him to work through ordinary men like Luther and Calvin to unleash afresh an extraordinary gospel to work in all its grace-driven power in my life and in the lives of countless millions of other believers and pastors through the century.