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Pastors Blog Posts

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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“Beer for My Horses,” by Toby Keith and Willie Nelson

Years ago, Toby Keith asked Willie Nelson if he’d record a song with him. When he heard that the song would be called “Beer for My Horses,” Nelson—to my understanding—was sold on the spot.

Friday Five: Sheila Walsh

The popular singer and author shares about her decades in ministry and what God is teaching her now

  • Daniel Darling |
  • September 16, 2011 |
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Our New And Exalted Identity

When most of us stop long enough to consider what establishes our identity, what really makes us who we are, many of us act as if the answer to this consideration is “our performance.”

  • Tullian Tchividjian |
  • September 16, 2011 |
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We're Not in Kansas Anymore

The reports, studies and news stories seemed to pour out this past week on the diminishing role orthodox Christian faith has in America.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 15, 2011 |
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The Gospel and Cruciform Fidelity

Recently, broadcaster Pat Robertson said a man should divorce his wife with Alzheimer’s in order to marry another woman. This is more than cruelty. This is a repudiation of the gospel.

Trashing Politicians: The New Spectator Sport

Politicians may be the most despised people on the planet today. It’s quite fashionable to trash them and it is socially acceptable. But is it right for a Christian?

  • Daniel Darling |
  • September 14, 2011 |
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Why Pastors Don't Often "Speak Up"

Political movements encourage pastors to speak up on important issues of the day. But there's a biblical reason why they often don't.

  • Daniel Darling |
  • September 13, 2011 |
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Download Free eBook: "And When You Pray"

I'm pleased to announce the release of our newest free ebook.

  • Dr. Ray Pritchard |
  • September 13, 2011 |
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Don't Worry about Inviting Me

Don’t worry about inviting me to church this weekend.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 12, 2011 |
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Why Christians Shouldn't Be Jerks

The book of James reminds us that Christians should actually be the people others want to hang with.

  • Daniel Darling |
  • September 11, 2011 |
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Faithful All the Way Home

"Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee the crown of life." What does it mean to be faithful? It means to live by faith, by a confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ that sends us into the world to represent Him, to serve Him by loving and serving others. To live by faith means to obey Him and remain steadfast for Him against overwhelming odds, in the absence of good feelings, even when circumstances force us to stand alone.

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Example: "Gen 1:1" "John 3" "Moses" "trust"
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