GUARDING ONENESS

How to Deal with the Killer of Unity in Any Relationship My mentor and friend surprised me the other day. I asked if he could recommend a go-to resource on marriage. I figured he would point to any number of more recent publications by major evangelical authors. Not so. He suggested Larry Crabb’s 1991 publication…

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John Piper’s Advice for Pastors (or anyone who teaches the Bible)

Good teaching is not an accident. It is part of a process that begins in a bowed spirit, proceeds through a rigorous process of study, bathed in a spirit of prayer, and anticipating the empowering of God. John Piper’s advice has always been helpful. Pray with me and for all those around the world burdened … More John Piper’s Advice for Pastors (or anyone who teaches the Bible)

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Monday-Morning Quaterbacking the Sermon

Tuesday is for Preaching [I started this post yesterday and didn’t finish because of other pressing demands.] Did you know that the Miriam-Webster Dictionary has a three-word noun? Really, a three-word noun. It’s true. Here it is: Monday-Morning Quarterback: a person who unfairly criticizes or questions the decisions and actions of other people after something has … More Monday-Morning Quaterbacking the Sermon

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Some Basic Words on Preaching the Word in a History Channel World

Years ago, it what seems like another life, I taught preaching at a seminary in California for 5 years. It was a great time in my life and today it is an incredible honor to know that some of my students serve on 5 different contintents. Sometime this year, I am hoping to begin training … More Some Basic Words on Preaching the Word in a History Channel World

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What is Your Job?

Saturday Musing “The first and principal duty of a pastor is to feed the flock by diligent preaching of the Word.” — John Owen, English Puritan Pastors: Remind your heart every day that this is your job. Remind your heart as you study, as pray, and as you prepare your messages. Remind your heart as … More What is Your Job?

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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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