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The "Epic Fail Pastors Conference" Lets Ministers Admit Humanity, Frustration

Most pastors' conferences are flashy events with rock bands and presentations from megachurch pastors who talk about their great successes, usually in terms of numbers. But J.R. Briggs says those presentations didn't match the daily realities for most pastors, so he organized the Epic Fail Pastors Conference.

When it Comes to the Church, Only One Thing is Necessary

To this day I can catch myself tuning out during sermons, especially when the preacher mires down in some biblical lesson. But the moment that he begins telling a story, my ears perk up. All of this causes a person to ask whether preaching is really that important to the lives of Christians and churches.

Holy Spirit Q&A with Francis Chan

Francis Chan, author of the 2009 book about the Holy Spirit called The Forgotten God, now is featured in a film from the BASIC series on the Holy Spirit. Here Chan explains why so much emphasis on the Holy Spirit is necessary.

Why Ask Why? Beyond the Unexamined Youth Ministry

An unexamined youth ministry is a youth ministry not worth doing.

10 Essential Things to Tell People about the Church

Most of us who have given our lives to serving God have had a love-hate affair with the Lord's Church. We hear the not-so-new calls of "Jesus Yes, Church No," and have some things to say in reply...

A Command I've Not Obeyed: Give to the One Who Begs from You

Jesus commanded us in Matthew 5 to "give to the one who begs from you." I know all the major reasons why not to give when someone asks, but this text still unnerves and convicts me.

"Napkin Theology" an Example of One Man Influencing Culture Creatively

If you thought seminary took too much time and money, but were also convinced everyone lacked easily-accessible theological education, what would you create? Stan Ward's "Napkin Theology" is the latest example of Christians making Culture with quality and purpose.

A Gay Awakening?

How can Christians respond positively to the acceptance of homosexuality and gay marriage in mainstream culture?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • February 28, 2011 |
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Husbands, Love Your Wives More Than Seminary

God has not commanded husbands to love seminary. He has commanded that we love our wives and strive to protect our marriages, even from something as noble as our ministry call.

Who’s Doing the Talking in Our Church Gatherings?

Is the proclamation of God's Word merely a human dialogue---people of rather equal status speaking to each other? Does having a sermon undermine the "priesthood of all believers?" (Read more)

  • Thabiti Anyabwile |
  • February 22, 2011 |
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Great Communicators

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • February 21, 2011 |
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Imitation of Christ: New Reading of an Old Book

Thomas a’ Kempis’s Imitation of Christ is an old book that deserves renewed attention, and William C. Creasy’s A New Reading provides both scholarly and practical readers a fresh look at one of Christianity’s classics.

  • Dr. Stanley J. Ward |
  • February 18, 2011 |
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Does the Author of Ecclesiastes Need Prozac?

The author of Ecclesiastes is often labeled a depressed pessimist. But a careful study reveals the author to be an honest—and hopeful!—realist about life, not a candidate for Prozac.

The Way to Heaven

In Stephen Harper's The Way to Heaven, we see the emergence of a new type of Christ follower. Harper paints the picture of this new believer as following a movement of God. This move of God is a new wine requiring a new wineskin.

Avoiding Extremism

Think of truth as a ridge. On either side lies an abyss, waiting for the extremist who cannot walk that narrow road, cannot abide that others are successfully negotiating it, and cannot live without his own corner on the truth with which he can attack all not in agreement with him.

I’m a Complementarian, But… Women Can Be Deacons

The pattern of leadership in the church should be qualified men serving as elders. This is not at odds with women serving as deacons. But if the church does not have elders, and instead deacons perform the teaching and oversight that biblically belongs to elders, then women should not serve as deacons.

  • Thabiti Anyabwile |
  • February 09, 2011 |
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How to Build Bridges between Church and Home

The solution to the "falling away" problem is building bridges of faith between Church + Home, empowering the people in your church to live in loving relationships with Christ all the time. Here's how.

One Thing Is Necessary

What's most important in a church? The music? The programs? The preaching? The outreach? Every Christian assumes something is most important. What is it?

  • Jonathan Leeman |
  • February 02, 2011 |
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Shepherd, Preach Out of Your Core Identity

I have been called variously a preacher, pastor, minister and many other titles throughout my ministry. Although each conveys an element of what I do, I much prefer the word "shepherd." Why this distinction?

  • E. Glenn Wagner |
  • February 01, 2011 |
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What Happened to Judas?

Judas does us a favor if his story causes us to rethink our basic commitment to Christ by asking, "Lord, is it I?"

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