Life, Ministry, Preaching, Theology

The Pastor and Applying the Spiritual Disciplines

Donald Whitney gives his readers pertinent advice that can be applied to pastors. He encourages, “Don’t settle only for spiritual food that’s been ‘predigested’ by others.”[1] In other words, do your own study of the Bible before you resort to others’ work. Too often, pastors are diligent to study books before they study the Bible. […]

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Life, Ministry, Preaching, Theology

The Devotional Life of the Pastor

Every preacher’s spiritual formation begins with a personal pursuit of the Lord. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones recommends that a pastor safeguard his mornings. Instead of taking care of the everyday affairs of the church, he should use his mornings to prepare for the work of the pulpit.[1] However, the Doctor does not force such an attitude […]

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discipleship, Ministry, Theology

What is the Great Commission?

The religious research institution, The Barna Group, asked 1004 churchgoers if they have simply heard of The Great Commission and the results were absolutely terrifying. Barna found out there were more people in this group of churchgoers who had never even heard the Great Commission than those who could correctly identify it and its meaning. […]

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Doctrine, Preaching, Theology

General Atonement in 1 John 2:1-2

“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.”[1]1 John 2:1-2 John’s[2]first epistle […]

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Theology

Book Review: The Trellis and the Vine

Colin Marshall and Tony Payne have written a book that every pastor needs to obtain and read and apply to their ministry. In The Trellis and the Vine: The Ministry Mind-Shift That Changes Everything, the authors portray just that idea: a ministry mind-shift. In the age of consumerism and seeker-sensitive movement popularity, Marshall and Payne offer […]

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Ministry, Theology

The Regulative Principle of Congregational Singing

“To obey when it is a matter of God’s express prescription is true liberty; anything else is bondage and legalism.”[1] There are many opinions – biblical and unbiblical – about how we try to organize and execute our congregational worship on a Sunday morning gathering of believers. How far does the Bible reach in the way […]

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Doctrine, Ministry, Preaching, Theology

An Introduction to The Regulative Principle

The regulative principle is often times mentioned exclusively within the context of congregational singing. Most would convey that congregational singing may be the best way to apply the regulative principle. But is it?  Most theologians, the ones I’ve read mainly, only relate the regulative principle to congregational singing and how we are to methodize it […]

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