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Preachers and Prepackaged Programs

Original post date: March 18, 2015 The moment we permit ourselves to think lightly of the Christian Ministry, our right arm is withered; nothing but imbecility and relaxation remains. (Robert Hall, Discouragements and Supports of the Ministry, 45) It is the best of times and the worst of times for pastors. Technology has made more resources available … read more »

Why I Love the Church, Part 3

Original Post Date: March 26, 2015 Why I Love the Church, Part 1 Why I Love the Church, Part 2 This post completes our series on “Why I Love the Church.” 3. The Church Is the Most Precious Reality on Earth There’s a third biblical reason I love the church: It is the most precious thing … read more »

Why I Love the Church, Part 2

Original Post Date: March 25, 2015 Why I Love The Church, Part 1 In our last post, we looked at the fact that the church is a divinely-ordained institution. Today, I’d like to consider a second reason why I love the church: 2. The Church Is the Outworking of an Eternal Plan In Titus 1:2, the … read more »

Why I Love the Church, Part 1

Original Post Date: March 24, 2015 I love the church. I am an inveterate and incurable lover of the church. It thrills me beyond expression to serve the church. Although I am also involved in some para-church ministries, I would not trade my ministry in the church for all of them combined. The church takes … read more »

Shepherding the Flock

The New Testament often depicts spiritual leaders as shepherds of God’s flock. It is an appropriate image, because a shepherd leads, feeds, comforts, corrects, and protects the sheep under his care. Those same responsibilities belong to every church leader. In fact, the word pastor means shepherd. In biblical times, shepherds were without status. They occupied … read more »

Fame vs. Faithfulness

Today concludes our series highlighting five compelling motivations to preach the Word. Motivation 5: Preach the Word Because of the Deceptiveness of the Sensual (2 Timothy 4:3–4) Having reminded Timothy of the ultimate accountability, Paul continued by warning him that faithful preaching will not necessarily be popular preaching. As the apostle explained, “For the time … read more »

Shepherds’ Conference Summit 2017

We are excited to announce that the 2017 seminar session titles and speakers have just been released. Check the updated schedule on shepherdsconference.org for more information. Please join us Feb 28-March 3, 2017, for the next Shepherds’ Conference, featuring John MacArthur, Albert Mohler, Ligon Duncan, Mark Dever, Michael Reeves, Iain Murray, Steven Lawson, Stephen Nichols, … read more »

Cultivating a Berean Mindset

It’s the impassioned plea of every pastor: “I just want my people to be like the noble Bereans.” We read the description of those noble believers in Acts 17:11, and we beseech the Lord to give us a congregation full of people who receive our messages with eagerness and search the Scriptures to make sure … read more »

A Portrait of Faithful Ministry

Paul’s epistle to the Romans is widely celebrated for its detailed treatment of gospel truth and exhortation to transformed biblical living. It was the section of Scripture that led to Luther’s salvation and lit the fire of reformation in his heart. It’s a book that has been used by God to save, edify, and instruct … read more »

The Pursuit of Sanctification

The Christian life is anything but a passive pursuit. The New Testament commands believers to “be all the more diligent” (2 Peter 1:10), to take “every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5), to “strive to enter through the narrow door” (Luke 13:24), to “run” that we may obtain the prize (1 … read more »