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What to Say: Principles for Speaking Between Songs

I often get asked by fellow church musicians how to think through what to say before, between, and after songs in corporate worship. It’s not a minor question. As leaders, we have the responsibility to intentionally point people to truth and to stir them to think and...

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The Pastor’s “Typical” Week

With a stethoscope over his heart, the doctor inquired, “What’s a typical week for a pastor?” He didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. “You see Doc, ‘typical’ doesn’t exist for the pastor. It’s a myth, a dream, and a mirage in the desert of my so-called busyness.” His...

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Age of Anxiety

When live in an age of anxiety. Despite the fact that we possess more than we have ever possessed and we live longer than we have ever lived, most people have never been more anxious. There is a lingering cloud of worry that oppressively chokes the joy out of life and...

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Internet Shepherds

It happens every day. A blog post, a tweet, a podcast, from someone popular and with a big evangelical footprint, telling us how all believers should think about a particular issue. It might be who you should vote for (or not) as a presidential candidate, how you...

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Three Helps When Praying in Public

It just doesn’t fit. You spent many good and profitable hours preparing and then delivering your sermon. However, when it came time to lead the prayer, you backed it in like an SUV in a compact parking space. To borrow the words of Spurgeon, could it be that you are...

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The Preaching Moment

Another week means two more sermons for me to prepare. And that means the weekly ritual of opening my Bible, clicking on the Logos program on the Mac, and grabbing my favorite fountain pen and the familiar canary legal pad. It’s amazing that after doing this thousands...

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Courageous Spiritual Leadership

Courageous leadership is the willingness to exert influence, make decisions, and communicate clearly when circumstances are difficult, solutions are unclear, and the consequences are significant. From a Christian perspective, truly courageous leadership is not driven...

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Inner Testimony of the Spirit

As believers, the Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit is at work in our lives to provide us with assurance of salvation: The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God (Rom 8:16, ESV). In historical theology this is sometimes referred to...

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The Living Voice of God

Most believers think that God speaks to them on a regular basis. At least based on my experience, that appears to be the common perception. People use the expression “God told me” or “I heard God” all the time. Certainly, in its worst form, it announces the...

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The Myth of the Super-Human Pastor

There are many things a man prepares himself for when he thinks about the pastorate. If he has been blessed to be a part of a healthy congregation with godly and wise elders, then he hasn’t considered a call to ministry in some blind fashion. He prepares himself for a...

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