By Jon Bloom on Nov 24, 2017
"Few things sap more of our joy, are as emotionally demanding and mentally distracting, as relational conflict. And few things wreak as much havoc and destruction on lives as relational conflict. And so much of it is avoidable."
By Chris Pascarella on Sep 19, 2017
As pastors, we’re called to shepherd the flock (1 Peter 5:2). In fact, God holds us accountable for our shepherding (Hebrews 13:17). But what does it look like to shepherd?
By Charles Stone on Jul 28, 2017
Ask yourself which of these four weapons of mass distraction divert you the most from leading at your best.
By Tony Reinke on Jul 25, 2017
The man doting over a smartphone screen, scrolling through media with his fingertips, is like a gorilla meticulously picking out little bugs from his own hair. That was the subversive quip of anthropologist Thomas de Zengotita.
By Joe Thorn on Jul 11, 2017
One danger is emotionalism, in which we allow our feelings to interpret our circumstances and form our thoughts about God. This is putting feelings before faith. The other danger is a kind of stoicism, where faith is rooted in theology but void of affection. This tendency removes feelings from faith altogether. While it is true that our emotions should not lead our theology, it is vital to our faith that theology lead to a deep experience of our triune God.
By Lance Witt on Mar 27, 2017
None of us are exempt from the danger of cynicism and turning ministry into nothing more than a job.
By Lance Witt on Mar 20, 2017
How do you not let the burden of ministry not rob you of the blessing of ministry?
By Tony Reinke on Feb 15, 2017
Our Twitter and Facebook habits make praying harder than ever.
By Marshall Segal on Nov 11, 2016
God has given us all kinds of routes out of daily ruts in prayer. Take Psalm 86, for example. Here are seven simple daily prayers drawn from David’s prayer.
By Joe Mckeever on Sep 21, 2016
You’re sitting in his church listening to him preach. He’s not five minutes into the message before you realize Mr. Hotshot is appearing before you in the flesh. His words and mannerisms give him away.
By Philip Holmes on Jul 7, 2016
“The reason elders are so necessary,” says Sanchez, “is because they are the means by which our sovereign king chooses to shepherd his church to display his kingdom on earth in local churches as embassies of heaven, and also to proclaim the message of the gospel, calling all people everywhere to repent and believe and enter into the kingdom. Elders shepherd the flock of God among them, under the chief Shepherd. That’s why elders are important, because it is our ascended Lord’s chosen means by which he shepherds his church.”
By Erik Raymond on Oct 1, 2015
Erik Raymond is convinced there's an indispensable aspect of preaching. Is it one of your ingredients?
By Erik Raymond on Aug 29, 2012
Like so many blessings from God, we can elevate them to become a distraction or even an idol.