Hampering Shepherds from Shepherding (with the Best of Intentions)

My Dear Twaddle-Tweeze:

Good intentions!  I’ll never cease to remind you that the road to Perdition lined with these.  I realize that ambitious amateur tempters would rather conspire spectacular scandals.  But particularly when it comes to territorial responsibilities like...

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The Church and Modern Prometheanism

church theology worldview Jul 01, 2019

Like modern art, or an avant garde poem, or the latest haute fashions, secularism has always been hard to define.  Though often pronounced with algebraic lucidity, its topsy-turvy logic is often as unintelligible as the dog-Latin of monkish hexameters.  In practice, it is an odd attempt...

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The Work of the Pastor

baxter church reformation Jun 10, 2019

If Charles Haddon Spurgeon is justly known as the “Prince of Preachers,” then with equal justice Richard Baxter ought to be considered the “Prince of Pastors.”  According to J.I. Packer, Baxter was “incomparable” in his zeal and effectiveness as a shepherd...

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In the World, But Not of It

Bethel is the symbol of communion with God; Ai is the symbol of the world. Abraham pitched his tent between the two.” My Utmost, January 6

It was nearly half a century ago that I began to make my way through the classic, My Utmost for His Highest. It was the very first daily devotional...

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The New Monasticism

church theology worldview May 20, 2019

By the thirteenth century, the West’s idealistic wars against a fearsome Islamic threat had failed ignobly; its stagnating economy had cast a pall of depression across the once prosperous and thriving land; its national and political leaders reveled in pomp, circumstance, and internecine...

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The Church Plant that Eats Together Stays Together

There is nothing quite as effective in ministry as fellowship around the table.

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, nurturing genuine covenant community is no easy task.  Missional and relational rootedness requires deliberateness and intentionality.  It can be hard and messy...

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Elders and Deacons, Word and Deed

church gospel Mar 25, 2019

The heroine of My Fair Lady, Eliza Doolittle, captured the sentiment of most of us when she complained: “Words, words, words—I am so sick of words.  I get words all day through, first from him, now from you.  Is that all you blighters can do?”  She was tired of...

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SF 09- Six Things Your Church Can Do to End Poverty

In this episode we outline six things your church can do to end poverty.

1. Develop a robust deacons ministry

Elders work with words, deacons work with their hands. We need to keep the two unconfused, and make sure we do both. Notably, this ministry should begin on a very practical level "in...

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SF 08- How the Early Church Empowered Both the Gospel & Good Deeds

We continue our conversation on the poor and needy among us with a quote from In The Shadow of Plenty:

“The church has largely failed her widows her orphans, her elderly, and her ill and informed. The church has largely failed to disciple young men to live lives of diligence, intensity,...

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Just Preach It

church culture preaching Dec 10, 2018

When I was in seminary, the “Church Growth Movement” was just getting its sea legs.  So, of course, it was all the rage in the hallowed halls of academia—if not amongst the profs, most assuredly amongst their charges.  Filled with uninformed enthusiasm my peers tended...

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