Archives for September 2011

Do You Know Your Proper Place of Authority in the Church?

Who has more authority: the pastor or a commentary author? The pastor or a theologian? The pastor or what he preaches? In preparation for my Ordination Council this Sunday, I have been reading Michael Horton’s The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrim’s on the Way. Any of you who are following me on Twitter […]

6 Types of Leaders Who Will Help Your Church Grow

When I was a kid, there was a wall at my grandparents’ house where all the grandkids marked their height through the years. I have over 25 cousins, so you can imagine all the little dashes with names and dates next to them. I never noticed I was growing. But every time we visited, I […]

6 Types of Leaders Who Stunt Your Church’s Growth

Growth is what every church needs. Good pastors plan, aim toward, and set goals for the right kind of growth. It will look different for your church compared to others, but it will include some combination of numerical and spiritual growth. Good pastors, however, don’t grow the church by making decisions unilaterally. They operate with […]

How to Preach Like Tim Keller Without Sounding Like Him

It’s not usually a good idea to reject D.A. Carson’s advice. At The Gospel Coalition’s National Conference this past April, Carson said, “Young pastors shouldn’t try to imitate Keller’s preaching. If you do, you’ll sound like a twit.” In case you’re wondering what a twit is, Urban Dictionary says it’s the kind of person that […]

How to Crank the Impact of Your Sermon Illustrations Up to 11

I thought Spinal Tap was pretty funny. I’m not sure if pastors are supposed to admit that. One of the classic scenes is when lead guitarist, Nigel Tufnel, shows his amp that goes up to 11. It gives him that extra boost he needs to rock it out just a little more. (I once had a […]

9 Reasons Pastors Fail to Equip the Saints for Minsitry

It’s not easy to put your philosophy of ministry into practice. Every seminary student cites Ephesians chapter 4 in their philosophy of ministry papers. Every book written on pastoral ministry exegetes this passage. And for good reason. It lays out the key ministry principle that the body of Christ works together to grow and mature in […]

Take Full Advantage of the Current State of the Abortion Debate

This is another guest post at Chris Castaldo’s blog. Here’s the teaser: Right now we have an opportunity to make headway in the abortion debate, due to the recent article at the New York Times, “The Two-Minus-One Pregnancy.”This article recounts the story of Jenny, who underwent the procedure of pregnancy reduction, a chilling euphemism for aborting […]

28 Ways to Conclude Your Sermon: A List of NT Doxologies and Benedictions

Ever wanted just the right verse to read at the end of your worship service, or to conclude your sermon, but couldn’t think of one? Couldn’t remember where it was? I bet it’s listed below. I suggest you either bookmark this page, or, better yet, copy it and post it to Evernote, so that you’ll […]