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3 ways misguided biblical theology leads to misguided sermons

Faithful sermons exposit the text, and faithful exposition takes into account the text’s literary, historical, covenantal, and ultimately canonical context.

Hang in there pastor, change comes slowly

It’s tempting to think God, who created all things so quickly, might lead us through tribulation with greater haste. But he doesn’t. God tends to work slowly, then and now.

10 reasons your church members are so ornery amid the pandemic

If you sense your church members are getting a bit ornery, you are probably right. Indeed, you as a church leader may be struggling with some of these same issues.

Pastor, is church planting for you?

Our personalities, aptitudes, dispositions, and so forth will shape the how but not the what of our ministries. We are to “fulfill our ministry” regardless of the inner characteristics God knit into the fabric of who we are.

I’m grateful J. I. Packer wrote theology for the church

Dr. Packer is now safe in the arms of his dear Savior, but what the writer of Hebrews says of Abel’s legacy of faith will be true of Packer for years to come: “though he died, he still speaks.”

Don’t look for community in the church. Be the community.

True community is never found by looking for it. It can only be found by pursuing Christ. He understands loneliness better than we do.

What’s the difference between interpreting the Bible and praying the Bible?

When praying the Bible, our primary activity is prayer, not Bible intake. Bible reading is secondary in this process. Our focus is on God through prayer; our glance is at the Bible.

Pastor, teach your church theological triage

Pastor, help your people see when it’s time to go to war and when it’s time for diplomacy.

Six things you inherit when you pastor an established church

Considerate pastors understand what they are inheriting before people stop introducing them as the “new pastor.”

A way-station to egalitarianism: A review essay of Aimee Byrd’s Recovering from Biblical Manhood & Womanhood

Evangelicals have been debating manhood and womanhood for decades, and the conflict shows no signs of subsiding.

How church history will help you defend the faith

John of Damascus (676-749) is a model for how rich theology fuels Christian evangelism.

Did Moses write all of the Pentateuch? (Even his own obituary?)

To suggest that an author other than Moses wrote Deuteronomy 34 by no means undermines Mosaic authorship of the Pentateuch or the inspiration of Scripture.

Why we need the book of Revelation right now (and always)

The Christ who died and lives forever and ever tells Christians to Fear Not.

3 reasons every pastor needs a day off

One of the best decisions I have ever made for the benefit of my family and ministry has been to commit to a day off every week.

3 questions to ask before adding to your statement of faith

Confessions of faith should function as guardrails, not a straightjacket.

How to find (and fix) your theological blindspots

We all hold systems of theology that are prone to particular doctrinal deficiencies.

8 ways to find better sermon illustrations

In the spirit of trying to encourage the effective use of illustrations, here are eight places to look for them.

15 things every (faithful) missionary needs

Only by God’s kind, saving, and sanctifying grace can anyone attain the characteristics, competencies, and commitments of a faithful missionary.