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The Tension of Preparation and Prayer

Life is all about tension. Growth and decay. Light and dark. We see it in our spiritual lives, too. Even in prayer.

“So Peter Opened His Mouth” — The Preacher’s Calling Reduced to Five Powerful Words

The most amazing thing about preaching is the fact that God chose to use human mouths for his message. It is astounding that God has willed that the earth shall hear his voice by means of the human voice.

What are the Basic Requirements for Your Pastoral Internship?

What do pastoral internships look like at our church? Here's what's expected.

7 Things I've Learned in 7 Years as a Pastor

I pray that what follows may benefit the pastors among us as well as those who love and support them.

Tullian’s Apology

Apologizing is hard, especially in the outrage culture of social media. It becomes easy to see life as a political campaign in which the goal is to vaporize one’s opponents and to be seen as “right.” In a culture like that, apologizing seems like losing.

Staying Creative

One of the challenges in any sphere of life, particularly ministry, is staying creative. And it’s an important challenge.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • June 02, 2014 |
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'Our Journey of Hope' Equips Churches to Help Those with Cancer

In 2013, CTCA launched “Our Journey of Hope,” a cancer care ministry outreach program to help cancer patients find strength and hope in God.

Knowledge, Compassion, Prayer Will Make America 'One Nation' Again: A Conversation with Dr. Ben Carson

Even before retiring from surgery in 2013, Ben Carson has been on a mission to rally the citizens of the United States—and the Church—to unite.

Was C.S. Lewis a Heretic?

C. S. Lewis' Mere Christianity changed my life when I first encountered it in high school. After years of intellectual struggles with Christianity, I was encouraged greatly by his reasoned approach to the faith.

Ezra 7: A Description of Pastoral Ministry

In reading through Ezra, I was once again struck by the summary description of Ezra’s ministry to the returned exiles found in 7:9–10...

Preaching: What's the Point?

Sermons that were so meaningful at the time and nearly forgotten only a short time later made me question if preaching is really so important in the first place.

7 Things Pastors’ Wives Wish You Knew

In honor of the women in our lives and churches, I surveyed a group of pastors’ wives for their thoughts on ministry and marriage.

Why You May Not Be Growing As a Church

Churches are living things. Living things grow. If you’re not growing, something is wrong.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • May 12, 2014 |
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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.

6 Marks of a Maturing Church

In Acts 9:31, a description is made of how the church was beginning to mature and minister in a hostile culture. I find that there are six marks in this single verse.

Good News about Bad Churches

The problem with churches? That would be flawed human beings. So, how can we still call the church holy? Because Jesus.

Why Doesn't My Church Have a Singles Ministry?

Does your church have a thriving singles ministry? Or is the leadership fumbling for excuses?

"Spontaneous" Baptisms

There has been much talk of late about “spontaneous” baptisms. As a result, some have questioned whether it should be offered at all. So should it?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • April 30, 2014 |
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Sister Sarah & The Bell: Lessons for the New Pastor

How does a new pastor learn about a congregation? It starts with discovering the stories already in the church.

  • William H. Lamar IV |
  • April 28, 2014 |
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How to Measure Your Ministry by Biblical Standards

You work hard to do your best in ministry, but is it accomplishing much? Here are five essential principles for doing ministry biblically.

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