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)
Middle Aged Pastor Bucks Hipster Trend and Shaves Beard Free Church pastor, Mortimer Johnson, boldly defied a national trend and shaved off his bushy, full beard and found out he was still relevant. When reached, pastor Johnson, who now desperately needs a tan, said, “I was afraid at first, what with all the young and … More A Babylon Bee-ish Post (Satire)
Last week I was at Calvary Bible Church in Bourbonnais, IL. It was a privilege to bring the Father’s Day message while their pastor was away for a brief vacation. Here’s the video (that I didn’t know was even happening!). I hope it blesses you.
Think it Through I am continuing to meditate and read about how to better equip the saints of the church. The last few days have been a rich time of revisiting some of my notes from previous times when I have taught on spiritual gifts. And I have had the opportunity to revise and re-edit/update … More Continuing to Think about Spiritual Gifts
A Monday Musings The gospel is a proclamation, not a sales pitch. Jesus called people to repent and believe. And he commissioned us to do the same. Some will, and sadly, some will not. I have been reflecting on this for a couple of days (honestly, for years) but recently two different authors have fueled my … More The Gospel is a Proclamation, Not a Sales Pitch.
Thursday is for Preaching I want to do a bit of non-technical research on what is happening beyond my experience with our campuses related to what is happening in my circle of friends and their multi-site churches. Here are five simple questions related to preaching and recording of messages for alternative sites. What day of the … More Five Questions for Multi-Site Churches
Wednesday is for Thinking Much of the best progress in the Christian life involves finding new opportunities to be humble and to beat down our pride. It is part of striving not to grow weary in well doing (Gal. 6:9). Sometimes, it’s hard and I am so glad I have my long-suffering bride to help … More Humility and Pride
Tuesday is for Discussion Thirty years before, the apostle Paul commended the church at Ephesus for its great love. “your love for all the saints” (1:15) “an incorruptible love” (6:24) But just 30 years later, Jesus diagnosed the soul of the ancient church in Ephesus and gave a heart-breaking assessment of the same church. You can … More Why Love Dies but Lives Again
Saturday Musings So last Sunday you heard your pastor open up the word of God for you and your family. Chances are high that at your church, someone spent between 10-30 hours that week working on understanding a text in its original language and cultural setting, interpreting the text, meditating and praying over a text, … More What are You Going to Do with that Sermon You Heard Sunday?
Thursday is for Preaching The language is from another time. The spelling is from another place. The truth behind the quote is trans-cultural and timeless. “A man preacheth that sermon only well unto others which preacheth itself in his own soul. And he that doth not feed on and thrive in the digestion of the … More Preparing to Preach Easter