Five Evaluation Questions for Your Church Plant (or soul)

This one created some push back both on the BLOG as well as in the FaceBook universe when it was first posted two years ago. But I still believe that these five questions need to be seriously addressed by both our churches and every one of us who claims Jesus as his or her Savior. … More Five Evaluation Questions for Your Church Plant (or soul)

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Three Modern Obstacles to Pastoring and Caring for the Flock

Three Obstacles to Pastoring and Caring for the Flock[1] The Individualistic Nature of the Culture.             Example:         An attitude that basically says, “It’s none of your business.”             Analysis:          The result is that people are islands of festering wounds. They are    .                          … More Three Modern Obstacles to Pastoring and Caring for the Flock

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Growing Downward While Looking Up

Saturday Musings John Piper describes Charles Simeon’s growth in grace this way: “he ‘grew downward’ in humility and upward in his adoration of Christ.” It was this dual and simultaneous growth that Piper attributes to Simeon’s never yielding to bitterness or to the temptation to never leave his congregation for 54 years. This, despite the … More Growing Downward While Looking Up

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Endurance: What Does it Take to Make You Quit?

Sunday Afternoon Musings Imagine a pastor whose congregation of wealthy members . . . refuse to come to church refuse to let anyone else sit in their pews remove chairs that are placed in the aisle so that standing visitors have to remain standing burn the chairs that someone else paid for for the visitors … More Endurance: What Does it Take to Make You Quit?

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Scary Thoughts about Every Idle Word

Friday is for Thinking This week I was away speaking on The Art of Biblical Meditation at a retreat for the college ministry of a multi-congregation church from Chicago. Thursday was the last day of my three day seminar. It was a fun, challenging, and convicting time—not just for the students and leaders but for me. I was reminded of … More Scary Thoughts about Every Idle Word

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