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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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The Church Needs Shepherds, Not Coaches

It took me a moment to realize that he was a pastor and not a coach for a sports team or some sort of motivational speaker/CEO type. I met Bill at a conference for pastors. He explained that he was a coach for his clients, seeking to guide them through their story. I...

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Where are the Leaders?

In the midst of everything going on in our world today, one distressing observation is unavoidable: there is a stunning lack of leadership in our culture. Government officials craft proclamations containing advisories and expectations that won’t be enforced, but do a...

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Four Benefits of Expository Preaching

I believe preaching best suited for lasting fruit is expository in nature. It is preaching that is firmly rooted in God’s Word. Expository preaching means that the text of Scripture is the starting point of the message. The text provides the basis for the sermon’s...

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