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Which Lives Matter? (Part 1)

This is an easy question to answer biblically. And even for most God-rejecting so-called scientists who specialize in taxonomies, they would say: homo sapiens. So let’s get back to the Bible and its infallible answer that all human lives matter irrespective of outward...

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Appreciation of Truth is not Application of Truth

Think about it. Endless translations and editions of the Bible, conferences, blogs, mp3 downloads, live streams, video sermons, books, Christian music, CDs, podcasts, radio shows, social media, and the weekly classes and sermons we take in. Never has there been a...

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With Email, Correcting Those in Opposition

The 21st century has brought a host of new realities for ministry that have never and could never have been a part of regular pastoral life in the past. At the forefront of these new realities are the opportunities and also the challenges of life in the digital age....

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Are We There Yet? The Need for Patience in Pastoral Ministry

“Are we there yet?” While every parent has heard these words from his children, every pastor has thought these words about the church. We are excited for people to grow, for new ministries to launch, for people to come to know Christ, and for God to be glorified. With...

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How Long Should You Stay at Your Church?

With sweat pouring down my cheek, my father said to me: “Put your head down; focus on the path before you. Don’t look to the right or the left. Take your time. Don’t finish quick, but finish well.” This is how my dad taught me to mow the lawn. His advice is also...

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What God Is Looking For in a Pastor

What God Is Looking For in a Pastor

In an evangelical culture dominated by mega-churches and celebrity preachers, many pastors today are tempted to judge the success of their ministries purely in terms of numbers. From budgets to buildings to book sales, bigger is...

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Reprise: Evangelicalism’s Got Talent (Part 2)

In part 1 of this two-part series, I mentioned that there are two issues that that cause me to think that evangelicalism is being duped when it comes to how we evaluate effective ministries and preaching. As I explained, the first of those two is that we make wrong...

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Reprise: Evangelicalism’s Got Talent (Part 1)

Not long ago I listened to a panel discussion of well-known pastors discussing the merits, if any, of establishing new churches whose primary shepherd/preacher is heard and known only by live-streaming video. Those in favor offered two main reasons: (1) It works!...

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A Compassionate, Counter-Cultural, Christian Response

Here are some reminders for the Church in the wake of George Floyd’s tragic death and the current nation-wide turmoil: To grieve and lament over the tragic death of George Floyd is not an affirmation of the cultural narrative.  Jesus wept over Lazarus but for...

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