This article presents a kind of profile of pastors with long-term ministries in one place.
This article discusses how Facebook allows us to present the "put together" life, when in fact our lives are otherwise messy. It exposes the desire for recognition behind this, and explains that we need to embrace the true, raw image if we are to expose the unfruitful works of darkness in our lives for the sake of growing in God's kingdom.
This article stresses the need for church leaders to engage in personal revitalization before looking for the church to do the same.
This article shows how believing the exclusivity of Christ changes the way we live and interact with others. If he is the only way, we must be courageous, we won't detract from the truth, we will promote the Lord Jesus, and we will be thankful.
This article stresses the corporate aspect to the celebration of the Lord's Supper. This aspect impacts how we approach the table, and how we prepare to take the Supper.
This article first mentions two problems facing bi-vocational pastors, then outlines four considerations for them to follow in order to enjoy spiritual survival in their tasks.
This article discusses how to guide the church through this digital age. It reminds us that some things will change but God never changes, and it issues a call to guard family and community time.
This article outlines eight reasons why the Puritans are of great value for today. It provides also a brief annotated bibliography.
This article explains a way to do sermon preparation from the original Greek and Hebrew. It considers the strengths and struggles in this approach.
How do you deal with disappointment? This article considers how we experience disappointment, what God's Word says about it, and how we should process it
This article discusses how the Sermon on the Mount is often read wrongly. It highlights the liberal way, the legalistic way, and the Lutheran way.
This article considers the value of times of silence in the life of a Christian. Silence exposes the soul, confronts the voices that we face throughout our life, teaches us to listen, and tests our need for noise. The author calls Christians to embrace the quiet.
This article considers how to start the discipline of reading whole Bible books in one sitting, for personal devotions. It explains that half of the Bible's sixty-six books could be read in thirty minutes or less. Above all, it emphasizes that while finishing the day's reading exercise is important, it remains subordinate to the ultimate goal of fellowship with God in Bible reading.
This article mentions a problem with most Bible reading plans, that they train one to expect Bible reading to take a really long time. The author offers a new strategy, to prioritize larger units in your daily Bible reading habits. It points to a chart that shows the time it takes to read each book of the Bible, to illustrate that reading entire books of the Bible is well within our grasp.
This article argues that every pastor needs to be a theologian in his work. It explains how the Enlightenment reshaped the pastoral role away from the Christian academy, and then provides three reasons why it is valuable for the church to recover a vision of the pastor-theologian for the local church: it is biblical, historical, and necessary.
This article offers three critical facts that can equip the believer to respond to skeptical claims regarding the Bible's inerrancy: "inerrant" describes the original manuscripts, not the copies; the differences between the manuscripts are real; the New Testament text is highly reliable; and none of the variants affects any doctrine.
This article describes legalism and how it is alive and well in churches still today. It explains the value of the law, but also its limitations.
This article discusses how to preach doctrine in a way that does not divide a congregation. It explains that the preacher should show how doctrine is textual, biblical, personal, proportional, and should be communicated in a loving way.
This article shows how to be a Christian is to be a church member. It shows that there are four elements cast aside when one does not belong to a local church.
This article is an excerpt from Boyce's Abstract of Systematic Theology, on the advantages of studying theology systematically.
What should parents teach their children about death? This article offers five truths to explain to children when death happens close to them: death and judgment are coming to us all, death is not how it is supposed to be, death for the believer is to be with Christ, death will one day be destroyed, and death is something we all must think about. The article also explains what to say about the death of unbelievers.
This article discusses the benefit of Advent, as a help for training to wait, which is for our sanctification and relates to God's divine purposes.
This article makes the case for teaching children about the Reformation. Such teaching brings them to know about God's faithfulness to his church, that the church is always in need of reforming, defending the Bible is dangerous but worth the risk, God does extraordinary things through ordinary people, and the gospel is everything. It ends with some suggestions on how to teach them, and some resources worth using.
This article recounts the theological discovery of Martin Luther that God is indeed merciful.
This article offers advice for every aspiring missionary, to cultivate certain habits in preparation.
In spite of claims that the doctrines of Protestantism are closer now to those of the Roman Catholic Church, this article explains that there remains a vast difference between the two traditions. It considers such differences in the doctrines of justification, Scripture and tradition, church and sacraments, Mary and the saints, indulgences, and purgatory.
This article highlights two illusions that the wife of a pastor needs to stop believing, that ministry will be free of hardship, and having deep friendships both inside and outside the local church is unimportant.
This article discusses the fundamental importance of hospitality in the church, and provides five ways to pursue it, with 1 Corinthians 16 as springboard.
This article explains how the idol of pornography can take over one's life, and how to avoid it or turn from it. It explains that isolation is a breeding ground for sin, but sanctification is pursued in community.
Have you ever started a Bible reading plan only to get bogged down part way through? This article offers four strategies to consider if you have quit such a plan. It suggests reading the Bible in large portions, in small portions, with repetition, and on a whim.
This article offers five points of encouragement for every new pastor, much in line with the encouragements Paul gave to Timothy.
This article draws lessons from the ministry of John the Baptist to encourage ministers to preach with confidence, freedom, and joy.
This article suggests that increasing evangelism in the church is crucial for supplementing the health of the church. It has a way of promoting biblical literacy, Christian unity, and personal holiness,
This article considers the matter of work ethic for the Christian. It stresses that Christians ought to be marked by diligence, integrity, and eternity in their work.
This article argues that beneath any legitimate type in Scripture is a covenantal topography that rises and falls throughout Israel's covenant history. It demonstrates how biblical types follow this topography from historical prototype, through covenantal ectypes, to their intended antitype—Christ.
This article discusses how Boaz in the book of Ruth is a type of Christ, and Jesus is a true and greater Boaz. The author first defines a Christological type. Then he addresses whether Christological types can be identified in the Old Testament even if the New Testament authors did not identify them. Afterwards, he notes the correspondences and escalation between Boaz and Christ. Finally, he draws some conclusions.
This article shows how Mark 11–Mark 12, and the Old Testament quotations therein, expound typological correspondences with Israel’s historic temple. That temple is judged and a new temple is erected, the temple of the community of Christ's followers. In the process, Mark 11:24 becomes clear: “whatever you ask in prayer” is meant in reference to the ministrations of the temple now fulfilled in such followers. In short, the events of Mark 11–12 comprise an extended temple antitype.
This article considers a typological pattern developing in Scripture, namely, that of an Adamic figure, Joseph, within the Pentateuch and then stretching through the exilic figures of Mordecai and Daniel, and into the New Testament. The author considers this in light of the question of whether such typology stands merely as an act of reading or as a part of writing.
This article provides five important reasons why it is vital for every Christian to gather weekly for corporate worship.
This article explains how when the church makes use of God's ordinary means of grace, God's power shines through. With five reasons it encourages the building of a ministry around these means of grace.
This article discusses the value of reading aloud to your children, from babies in the womb to teenagers. It offers some principles of reading, as well as some recommended literature.
This article discusses the value of the Christian's reading fiction. It suggests that fiction ignites our God-given imagination, offers insight to the human condition, and fosters empathy for others.
This article discusses one approach to memorizing books of the Bible, and how to retain them in memory.
This article considers what the consequences would be if there was no resurrection of Christ from the dead. Then Good Friday is just another Friday, and there is no hope for Christians.
This article offers three key components that should be in a funeral message: acknowledge the need to grieve, make the hope of the gospel clearly known, and call your hearers to respond to the gospel.
This article considers the interaction that John Owen had with the Socinians. It puts it into historical perspective, explaining the heresy of Socinianism, namely, its anti-Trinitarian view. The author goes on to assess the way Owen linked the Socinians with others, especially Richard Baxter and Hugo Grotius.
This article raises common objections to church discipline, such as the claim that the sin of others is not one's business, and evaluates each of them.
This article discusses the biblical image of the pastor as a watchman. From this it shows the responsibility of today's pastor to act as watchman, by delivering God's Word to his people and keeping watch over their souls.
This article explains how it can happen that someone regards their devotional life over time as more of a burden than a blessing, with the end result that their life collapses into a sinkhole of sin. It stresses not to give up devotional time even when life becomes busier.
How do Christ's undershepherds come to grips with the truth that they are sinners preaching to sinners? This article explains that preachers have to sit under their own preaching and teaching.
This article offers a suggestion as to when a pastor could take a break from his sermon series.