Archives for July 2011

Spurgeon on How Pastors Become a Weapon in the Hand of God

There are many things that pastors must do to improve their ability to shepherd their flock. Among them are to make progress in preaching and develop as leaders. But these are secondary. Spurgeon reminds us that the most important place for pastors to grow – if indeed they desire to be a weapon in God’s […]

Woman Says That Jesus is Not Optional, but Marriage Is (a.k.a., Gospel Centrality Fail)

“Can you be a Christian even if you sleep with someone you are not married to?” That was the question a DJ posed over the radio waves as my wife, kids, and I drove back from visiting family in Columbus, OH. I immediately braced myself for some high quality idiocy. But the first caller surprised […]

Subject Yourself to a Pastoral Punch to the Gut from D.A. Carson

D.A. Carson is like Mike Tyson from the Nintendo game Mike Tyson’s Punch Out. At least, when it comes to convicting pastors of how much sanctification we need. For those of you who never played the original Nintendo (dating myself, I know), Tyson was the only opponent in the game who could knock you down with one  punch, […]

Against the Pastor-Workaholic

If there is anyone who can justify being a workaholic, it’s a pastor. Our work literally never ends. There’s always a sermon to prepare, someone to counsel, or a meeting to lead. We can also trick ourselves into thinking that the more we work, the more we show we care. But being a workaholic is not […]

10 Reasons You Aren’t Done With Sunday’s Sermon Yet

Do you want to stop burning the midnight oil on Saturday night? I’m actually not sure what that phrase means, but my 8th grade English teacher said it all the time. Michael Hyatt lists 10 obstacles to getting important things done. These are just the headings; he provides an explanation of each pitfall. Any of these […]

5 Quick Things to Consider When You Are Stuck Writing a Sermon

You just finished studying your sermon passage. You’re ready to make the transition from hermeneutics to homiletics. But you’re stuck. You’re not quite sure how to proceed with your sermon. One solution may be to determine what kind of sermon you want to preach. What do you want to accomplish with this sermon? John Stott […]

How to Relate the OT and NT Without Dissolving the Integrity of Either

Good words from responsible and insightful biblical theologian, Thomas Schreiner: “Jesus concluded the parables in Matt. 13 by comparing the kingdom of heaven to a scribe ‘who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old’ (Matt. 13:52). Jesus considered here the OT, the many prophecies about the kingdom of God. The […]

Let Karl Barth Turn You Into a More Spiritual Theologian

Every pastor goes through periods of theological drought. Sometimes the congregation can see it, sometimes they can’t. But the pastor notices it immediately. It gets difficult to plumb theological depths in sermon prep. Leadership becomes a matter of pragmatics. Cliches abound in counseling meetings. Indeed, the theological drought withholds rain from all aspects of ministry. […]

4 Principles for Accomplishing Big, Audacious, Unrealistic Goals

You have set your unrealistic goal. You have the right expectations going into it. But last night, while you lay awake in bed, that goal taunted you. It dared you to give up on it before you even got started. How do you get started on your goal before it scares you back into mediocre […]

5 Realistic Expectations That Set You Up to Achieve Unrealistic Goals

Yesterday I said that when it comes to goals, unrealistic is not synonymous with impossible. But my Microsoft Word thesaurus tells me that it is synonymous with improbable. This post is about how to approach your unrealistic goals in a way that makes them less improbable. It has to do with your expectations. (By the way, this post is a […]

Another RSS Test – And My Favorite Brian Regan Bit

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RSS Test – Enjoy the Jokes!

This is an RSS test. But a post that just says “test” would be boring. Here’s some jokes I found online at The Watchman’s Cry Forum. How many Charismatics does it take to change a light bulb? One, since his or her hands are in the air anyway. How many Calvinists does it take to change a […]

Why It’s Dumb to Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Zig Ziglar is famous for saying, “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” This is why it is so important to set goals in ministry. No goals means no progress. Passionate ministers of the gospel who are discontent with the status quo set goals for gospel growth. What few people point […]