Pastor, Don’t Throw that Benediction Away

Monday is for Discussion Yesterday, I ended the Lord’s Supper Celebration Week services at Trinity Church in Watseka IL, with a benediction from 2 Corinthians 13:11-12. “Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another … More Pastor, Don’t Throw that Benediction Away

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Infuriating, Inspiring, Challenging and Provocative Links for Your Enjoyment and Growth

Weekend Links Lots of links! Some that are not to be missed. You mileage may vary, but I found these articles alternately challenging, convicting, upsetting, and inspiring. I include them. I don’t necessarily endorse them all. Engaging Culture Ray Comfort’s Controversial Movie Comparing Abortion and Hitler Saving Lives (Christian News Wire) Federal Workers Paid Nearly … More Infuriating, Inspiring, Challenging and Provocative Links for Your Enjoyment and Growth

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The Material You Use for Discipleship is Immaterial

Making Better Disciples A church planter wrote me last week and asked about the material we use for discipleship. Two weeks ago, another church planter asked me a similar question. Earlier this year, I had a conversation with a church staff member of a significant church about how the church they serve does new believer … More The Material You Use for Discipleship is Immaterial

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An Intense Purposefulness: Where is it?

Thursday is for Discipleship “My hour has not yet come.”   (John 2:4) “My time is not yet here”   (John 7:6) “My time has not yet fully come.”   (John 7:8) “His hour had not yet come.”   (John 7:30) “His hour had not yet come.”   (John 8:20)   “Jesus, knowing his hour had come.”   (John 13:1)   … More An Intense Purposefulness: Where is it?

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Does Conversion Always Produce a Change of Affection and Behavior?

Making Better Disciples J.D. Greear, who I have much respect for, had a post the other day that I had a slight disagreement with. The post was titled, “Am I Really Saved?”  He shared how a mentor had helped to settle in his mind that he really had believed in Christ by directing his heart … More Does Conversion Always Produce a Change of Affection and Behavior?

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Christians Have Pickled Themselves in the American Dream

Monday is for Discussion The churches of America are weak, spiritually anemic, prayerless, biblically illiterate, apathetic about personal holiness and unengaged with their neighbors at any meaningful level. Are there exceptions? Of course. But the stark reality is that we are almost irrelevant in effecting change of our culture toward godliness despite our numbers. We … More Christians Have Pickled Themselves in the American Dream

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