Saturday, June 04, 2016

Saturday Lagniappe: "Retirement Reexamined" and More

Retirement Reexamined

Retirement and old age do not signal the end of one’s vocation. Read More

Theological Primer: Freedom of Will

From time to time I make new entries into this continuing series called “Theological Primer.” The idea is to present big theological concepts in around 500 words. Today we look at the human will and whether it is free or bound (or in some sense both). Read More

Legalism Defined

We must guard against carelessly tossing around a charge of legalism. However, we must also recognize that legalism in various shapes and forms is alive and well in evangelical and Reformed churches. This too must be guarded against with the utmost determination. In order to avoid bringing a false charge against a believer, in order to avoid personally embracing legalism, and in order to help restore a believer who has fallen into legalism, we must know how to identify this perennial evil in both its doctrinal and practical forms. Read More

4 Unfair (and Untrue) Myths About Kind Leaders

Kindness has gotten a bad rap. For some reason, in the context of leadership, kindness has sometimes become equated with weakness, indecisiveness and ineffectiveness. But, properly understood, true kindness is none of these things. Read More

20 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a Pastor

Let’s cut the fluff and get real for a moment. Being a pastor is incredibly difficult. Read More
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Rethinking the Role of the Pastor

Instead of thinking a pastor is like a chaplain, CEO, or contractor, I want to suggest three alternatives, and, in so doing, help us to rethink the role of a pastor. Read More

Pastor Through Presence

One-on-one pastoral care is time-consuming and inefficient. And yet, proximity is an important factor in pastoral care. Read More

Faithfulness and Fruitlessness in Ministry?

A couple of weeks ago a friend asked a question: "How would you encourage a faithful brother who had been pastoring for several years and has not, in that season, seen a conversion directly from his preaching, though the church is growing and health with saints being built up and believers joining the church?" Read More

Improve Your Teenager’s Leadership Skills With These Tips

You may think qualities like leadership skills are just personality traits kids develop when they’re growing up. This is partly true, but there’s also plenty you can do to help your teenagers develop leadership skills. Read More

4 Reasons Your Kids Should Sit with You on Sunday

Why would a church encourage sit in worship with their families? Here are four areas why I believe this is helpful: discipleship, education, tradition, and opportunity. Read More

9 Ways to Teach Missions to Kids in Your Church

Here are nine ways your church can reach the kids of your congregation and teach them about the importance of world missions.... Read More

3 Reasons Married and Single People Should Be Together in Groups

I didn’t mean to join a group of married couples, but I’ve learned a lot along the way. Read More

"Lord, I Thank Thee That I am not Like Those Evangelical Trump Supporters"

Religious scorn should not flow from our voting choices. Read More

“Gay Christianity”: A Fatal Theological Oxymoron

A growing movement in contemporary evangelicalism mixes two contradictory elements in a dangerous theological oxymoron. Read More

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