Category Archives: The Church

God Rests Too Inconsequentially in the American Church

Twenty years ago Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary church historian David Wells wrote, The fundamental problem in the evangelical world today is that God rests too inconsequentially upon the church. His truth is too distant, his grace is too ordinary, his judgment is … Continue reading

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A Worship Book that Will Edify and Instruct

In the last few years, books on worship seem to be either so practical as to be thin on their biblical and theological development, or conversely so abstract and philosophical that they are of little value to the church. Daniel … Continue reading

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Preachers should be like naughty children

I think good preachers should be like bad kids. They ought to be naughty enough to tiptoe up on dozing congregations, steal their bottles of religion pills…and flush them all down the drain. The church, by and large, has drugged … Continue reading

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Free Book on Discipleship for Kindle

Right at this moment a new book on discipleship is free for Kindles on Amazon. I don’t know how long it will last, but get it while you can!  

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The Revenge of Measuring Success by Results

I was sure that the long-standing practice by evangelicals and fundamentalists alike of judging success by numerical results had died a long overdue death in the 1990’s. My seminary education had instilled in me the commitment to judging my ministry … Continue reading

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10 Mistakes Churches Make in Choosing a Pastor

1. Not choosing the right people for the pastoral search committee 2. Prayerlessness 3. Being people-centered rather than Word-centered 4. Lack of follow-through and due-diligence by the pastoral search committee 5. Impatience that leads to the wrong decision 6. Failure … Continue reading

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Pastors on Pedestals

The first danger I want to highlight is that of the celebrity pastor who is ultimately so big as to be practically beyond criticism.  Some pastors are just so successful as communicators that, frankly, they are placed on a pedestal … Continue reading

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