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A Desire to See the Church Do Better

A Desire to See the Church Do Better

I was in high school when Joshua Harris’s book I Kissed Dating Goodbye captured the attention of the evangelical world. It kicked off a movement and inspired countless other books on dating and sexual purity. I read many of these, internalizing messages about my...

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Emotional Support Parent

Emotional Support Parent

You’ve probably seen “emotional support” dogs or other pets. They can provide valuable companionship, but the primary role for providing emotional support shouldn’t rest on the shoulders of a well-trained canine. It really rests on the shoulders of a parent. We are...

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Using Exercise to Enhance Your Health

Using Exercise to Enhance Your Health

As a pastor, you take on much of your flock’s burdens which add to your ever-increasing stress. In one day, you might go from the bedside of a dying church member to performing a funeral. Then return the next day to offer counseling for a member who’s depressed or...

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The People of God

The People of God

In this age of cancel culture, individuals, institutions, and groups are publicly shamed for demonstrating or even just affirming an unpopular opinion or cultural value. When mass disapproval of the behavior occurs, they are “cancelled.” If you participate in social...

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Home Grown Faith

Home Grown Faith

Brand new research shines a light on faith in the home – just in time for a country that is mostly staying home on Sunday mornings.   As a pastor in the time of COVID I’ve had to ask questions I’ve never asked before. The same is true of the many other pastors I’ve...

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Postmodernism: A Biblical Analysis Part 2

Postmodernism: A Biblical Analysis Part 2

We now take up postmodernism’s general tenants two and three:  2). Community is important, but never static, it must always evolve.  3). Reality is perception, and perception is personal not corporate.  The reaction against a static community calls for the continual...

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Postmodernism: A Biblical Analysis Part 1

Postmodernism: A Biblical Analysis Part 1

Postmodernism is the currently reigning world view of the so-called progressive/intellectual movement.  Its impact on society is hugely significant.  The church has not escaped its invasive influence.  Pastors, Biblical counselors, and other church leaders can expect...

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Using Exercise to Enhance Your Health

Using Exercise to Enhance Your Health

As a pastor, you take on much of your flock’s burdens which add to your ever-increasing stress. In one day, you might go from the bedside of a dying church member to performing a funeral. Then return the next day to offer counseling for a member who’s depressed or...

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Gratitude’s Blueprint for Thanksgiving

Gratitude’s Blueprint for Thanksgiving

When people think of thanksgiving, they likely think of Pilgrims, not prayer; drumsticks, not doctrine. Even the holiday of Thanksgiving gets minimized and skipped over. Black Friday has taken over Thanksgiving Day for many people. The morning started with gratitude...

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… of the Day Emails

… of the Day Emails

So, you want to write a “Meditation of the Day”, a daily reflection on a Scripture verse or spiritual thought. Very laudable—potentially very useful and beneficial—an excellent idea if you are writing a book. But if you want to send it to your friends and congregation...

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What Kind of Foundation? Part 4

What Kind of Foundation? Part 4

This article is the final in a series that has already been published and that has focused on the critical need for churches to build a strong foundation in missions. We all know that at some point the foundation is done, and then it is time to build. Once the...

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Your Preaching Is Overrated

Your Preaching Is Overrated

There I said it. You may not agree, but you needed to hear it. Now, before you unsubscribe or send me a scathing email about the power of the spoken word of God, hear me out. I’m not saying that the Word of God is overrated. I’m not saying that you’re preaching isn’t...

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Finding Your Superhero

Finding Your Superhero

I got the call on a typically busy day of both ministry and publishing. FOX News wanted to do an interview on the upcoming Superman movie release, specifically on my thoughts of Warner Bros. Studios marketing this superhero to churches. Since I was both a comics...

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Hermeneutical Virtues

Hermeneutical Virtues

What personal qualities are the most important as a pastor or teacher studies the Bible week after week? I offer five of the twelve virtues listed by Kostenberger and Patterson in their book, Invitation to Biblical Interpretation. All twelve virtues listed by the...

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