I am constantly looking for the proper balance in life, work, and professional ministry. As I have thought through it all, for my own sanity, I decided to make a quick list of the top issues I am working through as a bivocational pastor.
The trustees of our SBC International Mission Board elected my friend David Platt to serve as president, and I am radically happy. Here’s why.
After hearing Dr. Kent Brantly publicly thank God for healing him from the deadly Ebola virus, atheist Sam de Brito posted a scathing article at the Sydney Morning Herald that questions Brantly as a true man of medicine.
Twenty minutes ago, I had been in my office neck deep in my studies. Now, I found myself being asked to pray a final prayer over a dying, non-Christian woman in front of her husband and fifteen to twenty non-Christian family members hanging onto some miracle with my prayer.
In a racially divided world, the church of Jesus Christ ought not simply to advocate for racial reconciliation; we ought to embody it.
I remember being shocked as a young adult by some Hollywood wedding (a true story) in which the traditional vows were replaced with promises to be faithful “until the death of love parts us.” It’s time to return to basics. Love is a commitment, not a feeling. Feelings follow from godly actions, not vice-versa.
Paraphrasing a line attributed to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the most segregated hour in America is still 11:00am on Sunday morning. It's a sad reality that we see on a weekly basis. How can you help change that?
The first answer is to talk to God, but how many times have you done that and still cannot figure out what He is saying. What do you do then—when you don’t know what to do? Here are 7 suggestions.
So many churches focus on finding and promoting charismatic leaders while ignoring or assuming these significant lists of character-based and Spirit-based qualities. They do this to their peril, and even the world recognizes this.
I’m often asked for book recommendations on various subjects. Here's my list of resources on depression that I've found helpful.
If your God always does what you want, he’s probably not the God of the Bible.
We too often have adopted allies on the basis of their intensity of outrage rather than on their consistency with the gospel. If you are angry with the same people we are, you must be one of us. Jesus just never operated that way.
Recently I had a pastor ask me for my “best advice” for other pastors. Here are 12 words of encouragement for pastors.
If God forgives every person who confesses their sin to him (1 John 1:9) and teaches us to do the same (Matt. 18:21-22), who are we to refuse?
This is a simple post. When you are discouraged, remember these seven words: There is a God on the loose.
Last week, I was summoned by a 6-year-old little girl in my church. She had some questions about why her daddy had left her and her mommy and was no longer living with them.
Jesus confronted Saul of Tarsus on the way to commit violence, and turned him around, using him to carry the gospel to all of us. And the Lord can do the same now.
Is Google our new “God? ” It’s a question I raised in my book, The Church in an Age of Crisis. But I wasn’t the first to raise it.