Dealing With the Sorrows and Discouragements of Pastoral Ministry

Sorrows and discouragements seem to be orbiting in another galaxy when preparing for ministry. The positive elements of a thriving church, growing and cooperating at every point, preaching great sermons, and leading a willing congregation consume the mind. Yet after getting past the infamous “honeymoon stage” of a pastorate, the pastor discovers that he and …

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Being a Pastor and Speaking Out In Today’s Culture

A pastor I know recently told me that he was criticized for being “too political.” He has heard such an indictment throughout his ministry, he said. Today he leads a major ministry in the U.S. battling daily for the rights of pastors to speak so that believers can speak. His prophetic word upsets the establishment. …

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Let Freedom Ring!

Allow me to say, first of all, that I try extremely hard to continue to swim against the flowing tide of preachers who have been caught up and carried away in the rushing waters of political and social movements. My desire is to stay on a spiritual course and stick with my calling as pastor/teacher. …

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Christ-Centered Preaching

If our preaching does not center on Christ–from Genesis to Revelation–no matter how good or helpful, it is not a proclamation of God’s Word. 

Preaching the Gospel Takes Words

There’s a popular saying often repeated by Christians. It has found new life on Facebook and Twitter. Maybe you have even uttered these words, commonly at tributed to Francis of Assisi: “Preach the gospel. Use words if necessary.”

The Wrath of God

Romans Chapter One I remember a great preacher once saying that the job of the preacher is two-fold: “to comfort the afflicted, and to afflict the comforted.” Most messages today are designed to bring comfort and encouragement, but fewer and fewer messages are designed to cut with deep conviction those who are “comfortable”!

The Storms of Life

“And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are …

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