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Monthly Archives: April 2016

When Others Treat You Badly

When other people treat us badly, or backstab us, or wrongly speak ill of us, how are we to respond? Jeremiah Burroughs, in The Rare Jewel of Contentment, answers that question by reminding us that, even when others mistreat us, it is no excuse for growing anxious, angry, or discontent. He says this: * * * … read more »

Defending Truth with Integrity

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the gifted nineteenth-century London preacher, said this in one of his later sermons, “I feel that, if I could live a thousand lives, I would like to live them all for Christ, and I should even then feel that they were all too little a return for His great love to me” … read more »

Canonicity: Why These 66 Books?

Have you ever looked at your Bible and wondered, “How do we know that these 66 books, and no others, comprise the inspired Word of God?” That is a critically important question, since there are many today who would deny that these 66 books truly make up the complete canon of Scripture. The Roman Catholic Church, for example, claims that the Apocryphal … read more »

A Heart of Prayer for Your People

Nathan Busenitz’s recent post highlighted the importance of the pastor being a prayer warrior. Today I’d like to follow up that post with a look at the prayer Jesus used as a model for His disciples, specifically seeing how those of us in leadership can develop a heart of prayer for those we lead. Setting … read more »

The Rich Heritage of Gospel Preaching

(Today’s post is adapted from Keith’s article “Evangelistic Preaching in the Book of Acts,” originally published in Expositor Magazine.) Evangelistic preaching has a rich heritage. The first evangelistic sermon of the Church Age was preached by the Apostle Peter nearly 2,000 years ago on the Day of Pentecost. Luke records the essence of Peter’s message in Acts … read more »

Did the Early Church Teach Transubstantiation?

Today’s post is intended to answer an important question from a historical standpoint. However, it ought to be stated at the outset that Scripture must be our final authority in the determination of sound doctrine and right practice. The word “eucharist” means “thanksgiving” and was an early Christian way of referring to the celebration of the … read more »

Should You Use Illustrations from Movies?

A good friend of mine asked me what I think of pastors using illustrations from movies in their sermons. My friend uses them because he thinks they are helpful in relating to a culture that increasingly has their worldview formed through entertainment. But I don’t buy it. In my experience, illustrations sparked by the golden … read more »

10 Reasons I Love Being a Pastor

I remember reading Iain Murray’s excellent biography of Jonathan Edwards. I found much to identify with, especially the personal heartaches Edwards endured as pastor of the same church for twenty-three years. After all that time his flock voted him out. Though I have never been expelled by a congregation like Edwards was, I know what it is to … read more »

10 Reasons Pastors Must Be Prayer Warriors

Here are ten reminders for pastors about the vital need to cultivate their personal prayer life, as articulated by notable ministers from church history. 1. True effectiveness in ministry comes not through methods, but through prayer. A. C. Dixon: When we rely upon organization, we get what organization can do; when we rely upon education, we … read more »

Did Jesus Never Address Homosexuality?

Today I want to address a popular argument made by those who try to reconcile homosexuality with Christianity. The argument is that Jesus Himself never said a word about homosexuality. Those who make this argument grant that Paul condemned it as sinful (Rom 1:26–27; 1 Cor 6:9–10; 1 Tim 1:9–10). But the sentiment behind this objection is that Paul had corrupted … read more »