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Pastors Blog Posts

"No, You're Daddy!"

You will be the only dad your kid will ever know. What kind of dad will you be?

Do We Need an Evangelical President?

It's nice to have one of "our guys" in the Oval Office, but it doesn't validate our faith.

He Didn't Cash In

Perhaps the best thing that can be said about persecuted Cubs fan Steve Bartman is that he didn't cash in when he could have.

  • Daniel Darling |
  • September 30, 2011 |
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Pat Robertson Responds

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Robertson’s comments on divorce and Alzheimer’s. More problematic, though, was Robertson’s flippant response to the abhorrent theology behind the whole issue...

Don't Grab That Barking Dog

Sometimes it’s better not to get involved.

  • Dr. Ray Pritchard |
  • September 28, 2011 |
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A Veteran Minister's Regrets (About His Sermons)

I'm a veteran. A veteran minister. I received the call to preach in April of 1961, which means we have recently passed the half-century mark for that anniversary. I began pastoring in November of 1962, and was ordained on December 2. I served 6 churches as pastor for 39 years and one as a staff minister for 3. Does this qualify me as a veteran?

Non-Profound Thoughts on Turning 59

It’s hard to know what to say about your 59th birthday. What exactly does it represent?

  • Dr. Ray Pritchard |
  • September 27, 2011 |
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Saying Nice Things about People With Whom You Disagree

Is it possible, in this highly charged culture, to say nice things about people whose policies you despise?

  • Daniel Darling |
  • September 27, 2011 |
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John Calvin for Everybody

Calvin is too important to leave him frozen in caricature, and he’s too significant to leave him simply to his tribe of theological partisans. He offers rich insight to all in the Christian tradition, including those who consider themselves the furthest away from “Calvinism.”

Dead Last

In a recent opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal, Norm Augustine laments the weakening emphasis on the study of history.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 26, 2011 |
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The 5 Most Frustrating Things Pastors Do

There are times when ministers do the most self-defeating things. Not all of them, thankfully. But enough to warrant our addressing the issue as a caution to the rest of the Lord's stable of shepherds. Here is my personal list of the 5 most frustrating things pastors do.

An End to Trickle-Down Worship

There’s something refreshing and real about worship music that emerges in the context of a real, palpable local church.

The Under Protective Parent

There is much talk in our day about avoiding being “over protective,” but little to no talk on being “under protective.”

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 22, 2011 |
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Faith vs. Clarity

If we have to have clarity going forward, we're all going to be stuck where we are for a long time.

  • Dr. Ray Pritchard |
  • September 21, 2011 |
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Don't Waste Your Ride! 5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Work Commute Time

Rather than bemoaning the time we spend going back and forth from work, we would be better served by thinking of ways we can redeem this time and use it for God's glory. Here are five ways you can redeem your ride.

Whatever Happened to Evangelism?

It’s time someone wrote a book for the church titled 'Whatever Became of Evangelism?'

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 19, 2011 |
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Are Pre-Packaged Sermon Ideas a Good Idea for Pastors?

The ethics of using someone else's sermons

  • Daniel Darling |
  • September 19, 2011 |
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The Top 12 Things for a Pastor to Remember Just Before Sunday Morning Worship

This is the moment the preacher has had on his mind and heart all week long. Now, he has done this for years, and by now you would think he's got it down to a science and he can do this blindfolded--lead worship, read scripture, offer prayers, preach the Word, inspire the congregation--but not so. This is not like anything else anyone on the planet does.

"She's Still My Wife"

This story is my answer to Pat Robertson.

  • Dr. Ray Pritchard |
  • September 17, 2011 |
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Luther On Law

Ok, get ready to do some real thinking here. What follows is heavy theological lifting. I asked my friend Jono Linebaugh to weigh in on the recent discussion about Law and Gospel. His thinking is solid. His nuances are crucial. He adds serious depth to this ongoing conversation. Much food for thought here.

  • Tullian Tchividjian |
  • September 16, 2011 |
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