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Suffering in seminary: ‘A demonstration of God’s resurrection power’

  “Do you have the kind of trust in God that allows you to face death?” Boyce College professor Denny Burk posed that question in Alumni Memorial Chapel on Sept. 18, 2012, saying that “God can transform your pain into someone else’s comfort.” The sermon preyed on my conscience throughout the day. I questioned whether…

The gospel and racial reconciliation

  Editors note: In what follows John M. Perkins, author of Let Justic Roll Down,  answers 3 questions for the October issue of Towers. Perkins will be on campus Monday, October 27 as the guest speaker for the Julius B. Gay Lecture where he will speak on “Why We Can’t Wait: The Urgency of the Now”. The…

Letters to a new believer

  EDITOR’S NOTE: In what follows, George H. Martin, professor of Christian missions and world religions, discusses his new book, Letters to a New Believer, with Towers news writer RuthAnne Irvin.    RAI: In the book you say that you originally sent these letters to new believers earlier in your pastoral ministry. Why did you…

Lead in faithful intimacy | A guide for husbands

  This is the fifth post in a series from A Guide to Biblical Manhood. Download the whole guidebook as a free PDF here. Read also:  Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 of this series.   When you are one with your wife — physically, emotionally and spiritually — you bear the image of God. Your…

Can revival come?

“Everyone is asking how can we turn the tide? The answer is spiritual revival.”

The prayers of a worship leader

  The corporate prayers of a worship leader are amplified through microphones and sound systems.  We carefully think through what words that will be prayed and how our congregation will interpret these words.  These prayers are public and congregational in nature.  This kind of praying is biblical and mandated by Scripture. The personal prayers of…

10 ways to thrive in the face of pastoral challenges

When Paul described the burden of ministry that God has given us, he concluded by asking the question, “Who is equal to such a task?” (2 Cor 2:16) After reviewing the challenges of leadership in the church, we might ask the same thing. We must remember, however, that wherever God calls, He also enables. God…

14 questions to ask a pastor search committee

  In your opinion, what are the 5 best things about the church? What would the average person in the church say is the best thing about the church? In your opinion, what are the 5 biggest problems in the church right now? What would the average person say is the biggest problem in the…

Lead in dating your wife | A guide for husbands

  This is the fourth post in a series from A Guide to Biblical Manhood. Download the whole guidebook as a free PDF here. Read also:  Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 of this series. Few goals are achieved if they don’t make it into your routine and few goals that do find a place…

10 challenges every pastor will face

Leading God’s people is unlike any other task in the world — which is why it requires a calling of the Spirit.

George Whitefield, a model for today’s pastors

  Why would people today want to study the life of George Whitefield (1714-1770)? He started no denominations, as the Wesley brothers did, and was best known for a preaching style that highlighted emotional responses. A traditional disdain for such a “manipulative” homiletic practice suggests he should be forgotten. Yet those who would take such…

No coasting into Christlikeness

  When it comes to discipline in the Christian life, many believers question its importance. Devotion to prayer declines into drudgery. The real-life usefulness of meditation on Scripture seems uncertain. The purpose of a discipline like fasting is a mystery. Why not leave spiritual discipline to those who seem to be more disciplined by nature…

Creation and American Christianity

  The character of Christianity depends, in profound ways, on one’s beliefs concerning creation. For the first 250 years of the existence of the church in America, Christians assumed the truth of the doctrine of creation. It was revealed in the Bible and it made the most sense of the natural world. When large numbers…

Lay your life down for your wife | A guide for husbands

  This is the third post in a series from A Guide to Biblical Manhood. Download the whole guidebook as a free PDF here. Lay your life down for your wife   Regardless of any examples or influences you may see around you of marriages that seek to be 50/50 and fully equal, it’s your…

Preaching Christ in Ezra and Nehemiah

  EDITOR’S NOTE: Below, James M. Hamilton Jr., associate professor of biblical theology at Southern Seminary, discusses his new book, Exalting Jesus in Ezra and Nehemiah, with Towers editor S. Craig Sanders. CS: What is your process for turning a sermon series into a book? JH: I had been manuscripting my sermons to be published…

Race to repentance and forgiveness | A guide for husbands

  *This is the second post in a series from A Guide to Biblical Manhood. Read the first post here.  In a Genesis 3 world, your marriage depends on forgiveness and repentance. James says we all stumble in many ways (James 3:2) and that means you and your wife will stumble…in many ways. You can’t be surprised…

Why Christian parents should not want good, happy, safe kids

  “I cannot believe that you would do that!” That incredulous assertion is an all too familiar response from parents (including myself) who discover a child has sinned. But for Christian parents, such an assertion is anti-Christ because it constitutes speaking as if the gospel is not true. It represents the response for a parent…

Expository Ministry: A conversation with John MacArthur (Part 2)

  In the following videos Dan Dumas discusses expository preaching and how it’s changed with John MacArthur. You and see part one of this series here.   4. When you look at your expository ministry in total, are there any regrets or things you would do differently?    5.  What has been the fruit of a long expository…