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Sip Your Americano, Then Pick Up Your Sword

Ted and his wife were regular fixtures in my office at the time. He was a serious slave of sin. He’d turned to Christ a couple years before and seemed to truly despise his sin, but kept sliding back into it.

Jesus Doesn’t Want Your Risk - He Wants Your Life

If I don’t do crazy things for God, am I wasting my life? Am I not being crazy radical enough? I don’t think so. Here’s why: being a Christian is fundamentally radical, risky, and crazy.

  • Stephen Altrogge |
  • February 14, 2013 |
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Your Pastor Isn't a Pundit

Only one job in the world requires expertise in, well, everything. We expect our pastor to be an expert on any pressing issue in our lives.

What is Institutionalism and How does it Affect the Church?

Prior to Constantine, the church, although organized, was less institutional and more communal or organic. In other words, the outside world didn’t think of “the church” as that building on the corner. Instead they thought of a community of people who were distinct in both their conduct and character, the overarching characteristics being their love for others, compassion toward the needy, and joy-filled lives.

An Unholy Slaughter: Doing Nothing is Not an Option

What would you do if you knew your neighbors were being murdered for their faith?

How Does a Pastor Provide Guidance for Those Testing Their Preaching Gifts?

As obvious as this sounds, it is amazing the amount of men in local churches desiring to be pastors and considering a call to preach, but are never given the opportunity to actually preach.

7 Words of Wisdom for Church Planters and Leaders

I was meeting with a potential church planter recently and some of the words of wisdom spoken to me over the years flooded my mind. Some of these were given to me by others. Some were learned firsthand by experience.

The Seismic Shift in Outreach

There has been a seismic shift in outreach that few church leaders are understanding, much less pursuing.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • February 04, 2013 |
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Not Sermons But Stories: Engaging in Culture the Right Way

We Christians do have a counter-cultural message to share with the world. But how we share that message matters. A lot.

More Lessons Learned Along the Way

A few months ago I shared a few lessons I’ve learned along the way—a few things I’ve learned about preaching since I rather unexpectedly found myself regularly standing in the pulpit. I want to add a couple of items to my list.

Dealing With Congregational Phobia

That is an occupational hazard for a preacher of the gospel and a fatal flaw in our makeup, this “wanting to please people.” God help us. The evidence then suggests that people-phobia has been with us from the beginning, afflicts even the strongest among us, and continues to be a threat to effective service for the Lord today.

How to Find a Vision for Your Church

Developing a fresh vision for your church can bring your congregation together during this new season.

What You Should Say to a Woman in an Abusive Marriage

Say the right thing, and you can help set her free. Every woman's pain needs to be heard and taken in and empathized with.

Don't Be a Sermon Stealer!

Milk many cows but make your own butter.

  • Dr. Ray Pritchard |
  • January 14, 2013 |
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The Giglio Imbroglio: The Public Inauguration of a New Moral McCarthyism

A Christian pastor has been effectively disinvited from delivering an inaugural prayer because he believes and teaches Christian truth.

Why You Should Care About the Hobby Lobby Case—And Be Alarmed

Religious liberty is a precious gift we think too little of, and Americans will miss it sorely when it’s gone.

When People Leave Your Church... and It's Okay

When is it okay for a member or attender of your church to leave? First, let’s state the obvious. It’s never just "okay."

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • January 10, 2013 |
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What Not to Say to a Woman in an Abusive Marriage

Don't tell an abused woman: “If you had more faith and weren't wavering in your emotions, God would heal this marriage.”

12 Words of Encouragement for Pastors

Recently I had a pastor ask me for my “best advice” for other pastors. Here are 12 words of encouragement for pastors.

Culture Keepers

The idea of culture "keepers" is significant. There are aspects of culture – a nation’s culture, a church’s culture, a family’s culture – that must be "kept."

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • January 08, 2013 |
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Example: "Gen 1:1" "John 3" "Moses" "trust"
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