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3 Ways Church Planting Will Test Your Patience

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I once heard someone say discouragement is the “occupational hazard” of ministry. They’re right. Especially on a Monday. In a park aptly named “Trinity,” I had my head down—literally and figuratively—as I journaled my discouragements and prayers, crying out in Davidic fashion: How long, O Lord? We were three years into planting a church in downtown Fort Worth. Some core-team members—close friends—had just left, and the largely unseen fruit of our ministry didn’t seem worth the exhaustion. Little did I know that I was about to get…
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The Best Kind of Preaching

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Jonathan Edwards believed the preacher is charged with a sacred duty: to communicate the awe of the Word. When the Word is so preached, listeners often “tremble at God’s word” (Isa. 66:2)—they find it “piercing, awful, and tremendous,” Edwards noted, and their hearts melt before it. “The Word in its powerful efficacy”—in mortifying sin and converting people to Christ—“does . . . cut the soul asunder.” As he wrote in…

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The Book I Keep Rereading—Even though It Gets Less Funny Each Time

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C.S. Lewis shines the light of Christian reflection on sin and temptation in revealing and disturbing ways.

Atticus Finch: Civil-Rights Hero or Stereotypical Racist?

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‘Complex’ is the best word for the history of civil rights in the South.

How a New Interpretation of Paul Misses the Mark

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For Paul, the Kingdom is not merely a future expectation. It has already broken into history at the resurrection

The Spirituality of Talking About Yourself

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The spiritual discipline of perspective. That is the gift Augustine offers those of us who talk about ourselves.
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