5 Lessons Pastors Should Learn from Winston Churchill

5 Lessons Pastors Should Learn from Winston Churchill

Americans love British leaders. Even as his popularity declined after the Iraq invasion, Tony Blair remained many Americans’ preferred leader in the “special relationship.” We cast one of our most acclaimed actresses, Meryl Streep, to play the Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher. ...

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3 Indispensable Heart-Qualities for Joyful, Effective Ministry

3 Indispensable Heart-Qualities for Joyful, Effective Ministry

Why did Jonah run from God? Some would argue that we have no clear explanation, but I believe that Scripture interprets Scripture, and in chapter 4, we get a window onto Jonah’s heart: Jonah ran from God because Jonah didn’t share ...

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5 Ways to Reconnect with Millennials

5 Ways to Reconnect with Millennials

We’re hearing more bad news about how young America feels about organized church. Recently, Thom Rainer revealed the brokenness that exists between churches/denominations and a major portion of our adult population. While it’s sort of good news for church planters, ...

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4 Safeguards against Preaching Dangerously

4 Safeguards against Preaching Dangerously

There is a danger for every man who regularly preaches the Word. That danger is to step outside the example of Paul, who said, “And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony ...

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12 Good Things that Happen in Our Suffering

12 Good Things that Happen in Our Suffering

There’s a great deal of pain out there. Recently, a pastor’s wife wrote with her husband’s story. After beginning a successful church, then merging with another and watching it grow into something special, he was suddenly ousted from the pulpit ...

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5 Requirements for Truly Great Preaching

5 Requirements for Truly Great Preaching

When I set out to write on the craft of sermon preparation, I didn’t get far before realizing that isolating the mechanics of preparing a sermon from the biblical teaching on a pastor’s calling runs the risk of reducing this ...

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3 Reasons Visitors Returned to Our Church

3 Reasons Visitors Returned to Our Church

When I was a kid, I came across ads for a “silent dog whistle” in comic books, and I almost ordered one. I couldn’t figure how to manage the dollar plus postage and handling. But the notion has always intrigued ...

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5 Reasons to Write Out Your Sermons

5 Reasons to Write Out Your Sermons

Whether it’s best to outline your sermons or write them out completely is an ongoing conversation. Everyone is different. Some go up with nothing but a few note cards, others take a full manuscript. Figuring out which is right for you takes time ...

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4 Facts about the Pastor’s Giving

4 Facts about the Pastor’s Giving

Recently my daughter came home with a box she planned to fill for a special offering at church.  I assumed generosity was a new concept I’d need to explain, and I intended to after lunch.  As we prepared to eat, ...

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3 Tips for Finding and Training Leaders

3 Tips for Finding and Training Leaders

Every leader since Moses has realized the need for finding other leaders to help shepherd the people (Exodus 18; Deuteronomy 1:9–18). Without sufficient leaders, the church will be limited in size and ministry effectiveness. But how do we get the ...

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