Derek J. Brown

Derek J. Brown

Derek J. Brown (MDiv, PhD, SBTS) is associate pastor at Creekside Bible Church in Cupertino, California, and academic dean at The Cornerstone Seminary in Vallejo, California. You can visit his blog at

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Pastor, beware of subtle self-promotion

There is far more at stake with the issue of self-promotion than whether you should use postcards or social media to tell people about your ministry. A heart bent on self-promotion will keep a person from believing in Jesus for salvation.

5 more ways to improve sermon preparation this week

Brothers, make some intentional plans today to improve your sermon preparation.

5 real ways to improve sermon preparation this week

Much of our improvement in preaching will come by improving our preparation.

What is common grace (and why should we care?)

Learning about common grace is important to understand how God works in his world. 

A crowd can’t satisfy a pastor, but Christ can

Self-promotion is out of place for servants of Christ, who often turned down opportunities for self-promotion for the sake of his mission.

Six reasons Romans 7 is written from the perspective of a post-conversion Christian

I believe Paul is describing his Christian experience in Romans 7:14-25. Here’s why.

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.

3 reasons every pastor needs to be a theologian

God calls the pastor to be first and foremost a theologian.

45 ways to waste your time in seminary

You will languish in seminary if you protect yourself from real fellowship by only talking about theology and never about your personal spiritual issues, sin, and struggles.

9 possible reasons for your spiritual drought

Spiritual drought, though a persistent and unwelcome visitor, is not something with which we must constantly live. There are biblical means by which we can, by grace, put ourselves in the way of refreshment.

"When Conflict Fractures Your Family" – John Piper Reflects on the Home and Ministry

In a recent “Ask Pastor John” podcast, Tony Reinke asked John Piper, “What steals your joy?”

Heath Lambert Reviews Mark Driscoll’s ‘Real Marriage’ in the Journal of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

Heath Lambert provides a thorough review of Mark Driscoll’s recent book, Real Marriage: The Truth about Sex, Friendship, and Life Together.