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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.

Can I preach from an iPad? Five things to consider

Minister that word and do not rely much at all on the “mechanics” of what you read from.

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

Denying the perseverance of the saints has absolutely devastating consequences.

5 challenges for missionaries (and why they’re worth it)

A missionary’s only hope is found in Christ and in his providential and sovereign work in the world.

COVID-19, regathering, and dying to self

We have catered to our congregations for so long without calling followers of Christ to die to their own preferences for the sake of others.

How to (not) be a humble leader

When church leaders begin to rely on their own abilities, arrogance builds, especially when the church grows.

Meeting again after COVID-19: one church’s plan

Our aim is to make sure all feel safe and comfortable to return. This will differ from church to church and situation to situation.

Teach your kids a catechism. Here’s why.

I want to call my Baptist brothers and sisters to recover this time-honored method of teaching children (and adults) biblical doctrine.

4 lessons on fellowship from Bonhoeffer and COVID-19

While Bonhoeffer’s context of persecution is far removed from our context of social distancing and self-isolation, our inability to gather provides us with a fresh lens to consider his words.