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7 Lessons from My First 6 Months of Pastoral Ministry

My journal entries and emails to close friends in my first six months as a pastor included a fair amount of anguish as I wrestled with challenges I’d previously only prepared for intellectually. Still, I’m extremely grateful I’d been instructed about many of the challenges I would face as a new pastor. I can’t imagine how much more difficult it would have been if I hadn’t at least engaged in that intellectual preparation. I’m too new at this to propose “the seven most important dynamics a…
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Starting Churches in a ‘Follow Your Heart’ Age

Not long ago, relativism defined the cultural conversation. Truth was “unknowable.” Perhaps it was somewhere “out there,” but anyone’s guess as to where was as good as the next. This is no longer the case. Today, we’re in a new cultural moment—one marked not by relativism, but by a new phenomenon known as expressive individualism. While relativism may label an assertion of external and objective truth as arrogant, expressive individualism calls…

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A Guide to Prevailing in the Battle of Prayer

Prayer is a constant struggle in the Christian life.

A Book That Witnessed to Nazi Germany (and Still Witnesses to Us)

‘Life Together’ reminds us of the sweetness of face-to-face fellowship in the church.

How to Know if You’re Saving Life or Prolonging Death

She writes to help us make wise decisions in some of the worst moments we’ll ever face.

Puritans—Exceptional Protestants or Prejudiced Moralizers?

Today’s students need to know why they should study or even respect the Puritans.