Shepherd Links – 4/28

Prophet Links Eugene Peterson on the Reading and Writing Life of the Pastor Why Preaching is No Small Matter We forget these things when we focus too much on methodology. Priest Links It’s a Strange Think Being a Pastor So true! 5 More Volleys on Effeminate Worship Doug Wilson clarifies a few things from his article [...]

The 5 Elements of the Perfect Sermon Illustration

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It’s a challenge for theologically inclined preachers like you and me to illustrate well. I’ve grown very, very slowly in this regard. You’re probably not as a late of a bloomer as me. I recently went through every sermon outline on my hard drive to perform a personal “illustration audit.” I was doing research for [...]

What the Pastor-Scholar Has in Common with an NBA Star

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One of the most important ministry lessons I learned during my time at Bible college came from an NBA player. I did my undergrad at Moody Bible Institute, located in downtown Chicago. Lots of NBA teams practiced at MBI when they were in town to play against the Bulls. I walked up to a window [...]

Shepherd Links – 4/21

Prophet Links Staying Out of Application Grooves What Does It Mean to Be a Christian Philosopher How You Can Raise Up Preachers in Your Church Priest Links Gospel Community: Imaging God to One Another 6 Unbiblical Methods for Change Should a Minister Officiate at the Weddings Unbelievers? Should a Minister Preach the Funerals of Unbelievers? [...]

Is Inerrancy Really an American Doctrine?

Something I was reading a few days ago reminded me of something I read in N.T. Wright a few years ago. (Funny how that happens sometimes.) N.T. Wright disregards infallibility and inerrancy as American doctrines in Simply Christian (183): “…the insistence on an ‘infallible’ or ‘inerrant’ Bible has grown up within a complex cultural matrix (that, [...]

5 Enemies of the Productive Church Planter

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This is a guest post by Jeff Brewer, lead pastor of Hope Fellowship in Lombard, IL (Acts 29). Hope is the most recent church plant of College Church. Jeff also wrote “10 Things to Remember After a Missions Trip” for The Resurgence blog. You can follow him on Twitter.  With so many tasks to be completed [...]

Shepherd Links – 4/14

Prophet Links 4 Guideposts for Reading the Song of Solomon Scholars who disagree on much of the Song all agree it is a tough text. Thus, we need a guide to uncoil its complexities, solve its riddles, and find that lost key to unlock its door. What Did the Original Readers Think the Gospels Were? A quick, [...]

Personal Priorities for Every Pastor

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This is a guest post by, my friend and colleague, Jon Nielson, the High School Pastor at College Church. He wrote “Why Youth Stay in Church When They Grow Up,” a top ten most read article at The Gospel Coalition Blog in 2011. Follow his daily devotionals at his blog, Something More Sure. 1. First [...]

5 Lessons I’m Learning in My First Year as a Lead Pastor

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This is a guest post by Brandon Levering. Brandon is a recent graduate of the Pastoral Residency Program at College Church (check out the program’s intro video and info packet). He now serves as Lead Pastor at Westgate Church in the suburbs of Boston. Learn more lessons on ministry from Brandon at his blog and on [...]

7 Principles for Gospel-Centered Conversations Among Catholic Friends

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This is a guest post by my friend, Chris Castaldo, who Justin Taylor called, “one of evangelicalism’s most insightful dialogue partners with Roman Catholicism.” Chris is the author of Holy Ground: Walking with Jesus as a Former Catholic and contributed the evangelical view in Journeys of Faith: Evangelicalism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, Anglicanism. Hear more from Chris [...]

Shepherd Links – 4/7

Prophet Why Context and Genre are Keys to Interpretation The Profit of Employing the Biblical Languages: Scriptural and Historical Reflections Those who rush into church planting would do well to abide by some principles here. But I do have a lot of respect for gregarious church planters. Long Haul Preaching You can’t say everything in one sermon. Priest Dear [...]

The Celebrity Pastor Fanboy Scale: Where Do You Rank?

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This is the third of three posts leading up to the 2012 Together for the Gospel Conference. Even if you’re not going, I hope you find this entertaining! There are fans. Then there are fanboys. Which one are you?  

9 Websites That Will Save You Money at Conference Book Tables

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This is the second of three posts leading up to the 2012 Together for the Gospel Conference. If you are more than a mere peruser of the book tables at conferences, this will be a money saver for you. Caution: you are entering a book buying temptation zone if you are going to T4G next [...]

4 Questions to Ask Yourself to Prepare Your Heart for T4G

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This is the first of three posts leading up to the 2012 Together for the Gospel Conference. Even if you aren’t going, if you answer these questions for yourself, you will be challenged to rely on God’s grace all the more in your ministry. We who preach the gospel so often underestimate its power. The [...]