Church

Elizabeth the Faithful: A Brief Reflection on the Queen

Having been born in the mid-1950s, Elizabeth II (1926–2022) is the only monarch I have ever had. And so, it is very strange to hear the time-hallowed refrain, “The Queen is dead. Long live the King!”

The Importance of Corporate Prayer

Let us pray — both privately and together and as brothers and sisters in the family of God!

The Church’s Mere Identity

Unlike the world and its character of sinfulness, the church is characterized by holiness.

What Do You Say to Someone Who Says, “I Love Jesus, but Not the Church”?

The church—which was created by God, bought by Jesus, and empowered by the Holy Spirit—exists to reflect God’s indescribable love.

The Priestly Ministry of Peacemaking

We must be marked not merely by the courage to do battle when necessary but also the gentleness, wisdom, and endurance needed to win the peace.

How Should a Pastor Handle Criticism? This Book Gives Excellent Advice

Pastors are sinners dealing with sinners, so criticism is inevitable while ministering in a fallen world.

5 Ways to Encourage Your Pastor

In our fallen world, sin knows no boundaries, sheep bite, wolves creep into churches, and life is hard.

“Weird Stuff” Might Be Good Stuff in the Local Church

Embracing the ordinary means of grace as a sufficient and comprehensive approach to ministry isn’t merely about coming to the right theological conclusions, it’s a matter of the heart.

Dear Seminarian, Go to Church Where You’ll be Most Useful

Without a Christ-centered desire to be useful to his church, personal preference and comfort become the deciding factors. When that happens, we have become consumers, and the church is our product.

Opposition Is Coming, Pastor. How Will You Handle It?

The Holy Spirit works through the preaching of the Word to accomplish far more than a pastor will ever know, even in opposition.

Why I Left Ministry (Temporarily) to Learn More about It

During my time at SBTS, I’ve realized that I needed to leave ministry temporarily and give myself to studying the things of God full-time

Five Myths about the Church

The church needs a clear definition of its nature before it determines and actualizes its functions and activities.

Pastors Should Have Friends within Their Churches

Isolation and loneliness are common struggles for even the most extroverted pastors, and they remind us that those called to shepherd God’s flock need ministry too.

Young Pastor, Your Ministry Heroes May Be Right There in Your Church

We should all be Timothy and Paul. That is the Kingdom of God. Disciples making disciples and the faithful learning from the faithful.

10 Ways Pastors Can Foster a Love for Church Attendance within the Congregation

It requires patience to lead a congregation to see itself as body, family, temple, and bride—not an optional religious organization to make them feel better about themselves.

Churches Should Not Only Go, They Should Stay

Missionaries need more than sending churches. They need a host of staying churches who will remain spiritual mothers in the days, months, and years ahead.

6 Ways Confessions of Faith Promote Church Health

How should a local church use their confession of faith? Here are six ways a church might use a confession of faith.