4 Reasons Pastors Hate Sin

4 Reasons Pastors Hate Sin

Should we hate sin? Absolutely! Psalm 97:10 makes this plain: “O you who love the Lord, hate evil!” That’s simple enough. Right? But why should we hate sin?  God’s Glory is Supreme  This first reason to hate sin takes supreme ...

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3 Reasons Pastors Need to Be Vulnerable (and 3 Cautions)

3 Reasons Pastors Need to Be Vulnerable (and 3 Cautions)

Many pastors, this one included, have a hard time opening up and being vulnerable with those around them. The lethal cocktail of pride and insecurity, combined with the belief that people need us to be an ever-stable, always-faithful, never-failing rock, ...

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5 Dangers of Tribalism

5 Dangers of Tribalism

Since the beginning of human history people have lived in tribes. Tribes have provided us with the protection, provision, and personal relationships we need as people created for community. While the make-up of tribes has changed over time, the essence ...

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Conducting a Funeral When Suicide is the Cause of Death

Conducting a Funeral When Suicide is the Cause of Death

“Nothing jars the mind and emotions like news of a suicide,” writes Brian Croft, pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, and founder of Practical Shepherding. Brian has graciously given me permission to reprint a portion from his very ...

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5 Ways for a Pastor to Avoid Burnout

5 Ways for a Pastor to Avoid Burnout

Burnout—the word is so overused, but the reality is so underestimated. The number of frustrated pastors seems to be on the rise. Even worse, the statistics of pastors leaving the ministry in less-than-desirable ways are overwhelming. Too many leaders are ...

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3 Ways to Stay Relevant… Without Losing the Gospel

3 Ways to Stay Relevant… Without Losing the Gospel

It is one of the greatest debates going on in the church today. The questions is this: Will we be relevant to our culture or will we be committed to Biblical integrity? The problem involves Christian leaders who feel it ...

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5 Reasons Why Pastors Don’t Preach on Gluttony

5 Reasons Why Pastors Don’t Preach on Gluttony

A cartoon shows a sign in front of a café: “Specializing in meals that leave you bloated and lethargic, followed by self-loathing.” A man says to his wife, “I liked it better when they called it comfort food.” I know the ...

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8 Ways to Develop Character Traits of an Effective Leader

8 Ways to Develop Character Traits of an Effective Leader

Editor’s Note: The following is a report on the practical applications of Joseph M. Stowell’s new book Redefining Leadership: Character-Driven Habits of Effective Leaders (Zondervan, 2014). No matter how much authority your position gives you in your organization or how ...

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3 Opportunities Busy Pastors Miss

3 Opportunities Busy Pastors Miss

Busyness in ministry is an epidemic. As our world moves faster and faster, pastors are being sucked into a vortex of tasks, projects, emails, and goals. The problem is that when you get overwhelmed, you get tunnel vision. Your perspective ...

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3 Reasons Pastors Should Use All Their Vacation Time

3 Reasons Pastors Should Use All Their Vacation Time

You may begin reading this post with the idea that I will suggest how many weeks of vacation you should be given by your church, or how much you should advocate to give your pastor. Instead, I intend to answer this ...

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