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Pastors Blog Posts

The Slippery Slope Emerges

The idea is a simple one: if you take one step on to a slippery slope, you may find yourself sliding all the way down the hill. Culturally, it means that if you rationalize doing something from a particular philosophy or set of values, you may want to consider how that same rationale might apply to other, less popular, concerns.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 13, 2012 |
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Is there something wrong with our love?

Jesus said that love for the brethren would be the very thing that attracts those lost to Him (John 13:35). The purpose of the Church is to be a called-out community of Christ's own who love each other with a deep and abiding and supernatural love that is unseen in the world.

  • Daniel Darling |
  • September 11, 2012 |
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Four Questions

During a jog on our annual study break, I was praying to God for self-evaluation; how I could improve, do better, go to another level in my life and ministry. As I continued down the trail, four questions formed in my mind that penetrated to the heart of not just improvement, but the kind of ruthless self-assessment that leads to substantive life change.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 10, 2012 |
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You and Your Church

Let’s talk instead about what any single individual person, in any particular church, can do to help their church reach its full redemptive potential. In other words, let’s go after the lowest-hanging solution-oriented fruit.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 06, 2012 |
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One Thing All Preachers Want

As much as anything ever, your pastor longs–has a deep burning desire–for people to acknowledge that he is a man of God and that when he stands to preach, the message is from God and is truth.

5 Ways Pastors Can Encourage Working Men and Women

Those of us privileged to do so-called Christian work for a living don't always understand the pressures of the American workforce. So here are five ways pastors can encourage the laity:

  • Daniel Darling |
  • September 04, 2012 |
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Memo to CNN and Bill Nye

CNN recently ran an article about the YouTube slam on creationism, "Creationism Is Not Appropriate for Children," by Bill Nye -- also known as TV’s "Bill Nye the Science Guy." I felt it worthwhile to address this.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 03, 2012 |
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Preacher, Get to the Point!

This is not a call for shorter sermons, but it is a call for purposeful preaching where every word counts.

  • Dr. Ray Pritchard |
  • September 01, 2012 |
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Minimizing Suffering Minimizes The Cross

All of our attempts (well intentioned as they may be) to minimize suffering reveal our universal, fatal love affair with control and law.

  • Tullian Tchividjian |
  • August 31, 2012 |
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The Gospel from 8-5: Talking “Work” with J.D. Greear

What does the gospel have to do with our work? Earlier this year, I sat down with J.D. Greear to talk about “the gospel from 8 to 5.”

Four Free Ebooks

Here are four eBooks you can download for free.

  • Dr. Ray Pritchard |
  • August 31, 2012 |
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The Christian and Politics

With the Republican National Convention in Tampa this week, and the DNC coming next week to my home city (Charlotte), it seemed a good time to talk about the Christian and politics.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 30, 2012 |
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We Are Not Alone

The best we can do at any moment of life is to take the next step in front of us.

  • Dr. Ray Pritchard |
  • August 30, 2012 |
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Bad News for Pastors Who are Loners

I can show you several preachers who cannot count on the fingers of one hand the number of true friends they have. They are loners, and, if I’m any judge, they have chosen to be that way. They will live to regret it a hundred times in a thousand ways.

What Knox Taught Me About God

The Lord smiles at me as I smile at Knox.

  • Dr. Ray Pritchard |
  • August 29, 2012 |
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A Word to My Calvinist Friends

The gospel is not the ordo salutis. It is not Grudem’s systematic theology. Nor is it the five solas.

5 Attitudes Toward Someone With Whom We Disagree

Christians can be both civil and engaged, full of grace and yet firm in support of truth.

Church Metrics

I am about to go where angels fear to tread. Yep, church numbers.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 27, 2012 |
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2nd Generation Christians: A Conversation with Dan Darling

Last month, I posted the interview Dan did with me for his book. Today, we’re talking about the particular challenges faced by second generation Christians.

Marriage Under Fire

There’s an old line that goes, "It’s like saying you want to marry someone, but still date around." Who would think of marrying someone, and then act as if it was okay to date? It was an easy point to get. Not anymore.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 23, 2012 |
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