People hardly ever give their all for anyone, but for a real winner, someone might give up something. God, though, shows his love in one special way: while we were losers, he sent his son for us. While we were at our worst, God gave us his best.
The joy of God: that state of flourishing in mind, heart, and life that Christians experience by the Holy Spirit. It's what’s so missing from today’s culture.
Who is the most important person in your church? On one level it’s kind of a silly question to ask. Yet in his book "Healed at Last" Scott Blackwell provides an answer that is both sweet and encouraging.
Although America has long been divided on social issues, the nation has been traditionally fairly united in optimism about the future. But is that still the case?
Soon after gay marriage began its victory lap through the courts, cases advocating polygamy – using virtually the same arguments that the courts had accepted for gay marriage – became legion. And yes, now comes the wave to accept pedophilia.
As I listened to the heart-piercing lyrics, I found myself convicted...
I have taken some time in recent days to reflect on the lessons I’ve learned and benefits I’ve received from using a full manuscript in my preaching, and I thought I share them here for what it’s worth.
Well, here is our newly released 2 minute promo video to explain it. It captures well the essence of this ministry.
Don’t worry, ladies, this isn’t another foolish and ignorant guy setting himself up as the latest male expert on female emotions. No, I’m basing my headline on a female expert on female emotions. Her name is ...
Much attention has been given to the rise of the nones and rightly so. This person needs someone or something to facilitate the process of moving him or her toward being able to even consider the life and message of Christ.
Victims of traumatic gunshot wounds, stabbings, or otherwise life-threatening injuries may now have a chance at life. That is, as long as they don’t mind being involuntarily allowed to ‘die’ first.
Barnabas Piper gives a voice to PKs, helps pastors avoid some of the common pitfalls, and encourages churches to better understand the pressures on their pastor and his family.
You may call it something different, but every pastor knows about it. It is the mental, emotional, and spiritual crash that takes place the next day (Monday) as a result of pouring your heart and soul out in the proclamation of God’s Word to God’s people the day before.
Once saved, always safe. To say otherwise, and to preach it, might be something akin to insulting the Holy Spirit.
An essay in the New York Times, prompted by the July celebration of Independence Day, put forward the ten days that really changed American history. The point was that nothing much actually happened on Thursday, July 4, 1776.
LifeLine mini-books are a gospel-centered series written by people who are in the trenches of ministry.
Is this what we really want carved on our tombstones?
I once was asked to address a classroom filled with 4–6 year old children and try to explain to them what a pastor is and does. I accepted, not because I felt I could do this well (far from it), but the challenge of it intrigued me.
- June 19, 2014 |