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The Problem of Plagiarizing by Pastors and Christian Leaders

Hands typingWhile most pastors I know are men of honesty and integrity, it’s a sad truth that the problem of pastors plagiarizing is more wide spread than many realize, especially with the vast amounts of material available on the internet.

Racial Diversity and Reconciliation in the Church: United, a book by Trillia Newbell

Trillia Newbell's book UnitedGod is the creator of diversity. Separation is separation, and it hurts us and our Father who wants His children to know each other and love each other and enjoy each other’s company. Sadly, I’ve heard it said that eleven o’clock on Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America.

 

Is it important how I dress for church?

Jeans and Converse / Is it important how I dress for church?I think showing respect to the Lord involves different things for different people in different places. Dress is cultural. Some in jeans and t-shirts are wholly focused on the Lord, lost in worship and adoration. Some in suits and ties can sit there in anger, lust, and indifference to the Lord (just like some of those in jeans are no doubt doing, but I doubt they are doing them more).

It’s about Jesus and His Plan: Why I Believe We Shouldn’t Give up on the Local Church

Cross on churchI would encourage you to remind yourself of what I’ve had to say to myself when I’ve been disillusioned with church: “It’s not about me.” It’s about Jesus and His plan, His church, and His Word that tells us we are to be part of a local “body of Christ.”

Advice for a Young Pastor, Part 2

Advice to a Young Pastor, part 2In part two of this two part video interview, I sit down with Jason, a young pastor I just met, and we discuss some questions he has about ministry, including how to jump in now and serve the Lord while also setting aside time to grow in wisdom and understanding.

Advice for a Young Pastor, Part 1

Advice to a Young Pastor, Part 1In part one of this two part video interview, I sit down with Jason, a young pastor I just met, and we discuss some questions he has about ministry.

The Old Gospel vs. the New

J.I. Packer on the Old Gospel vs. the New: " The subject of the old gospel was God and his ways with men; the subject of the new is man and the help God gives him. There is a world of difference."

I love this passage from J.I. Packer, one of my favorite writers, about the true gospel and its purpose. This is from A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life.

The Authority of Scripture and the Supernatural Leading of the Holy Spirit

Doug Wilson and Mark DriscollI enjoyed this dialogue between Doug Wilson and Mark Driscoll, two controversial pastors who I happen to appreciate. Please, rather than commenting about why you don’t like either of them, just listen to what they’re saying here and judge it on its own merit. THEN I welcome your comments. :)

Uncoolness, Tolerance, and Christ’s Bride the Church

ChurchI came to Christ at an uncool church (not the one in the photo, but built in the same era). Coming from the family of a tavern owner, and never having been part of a church, it was strange to hear the way people spoke, how they dressed (the men wore suits and ties) and what they sang, including occasional songs in Swedish.

 

Why We Need the Church

Amazing GraceWe all know that sometimes things can be difficult in churches. I’ve gone through it, and so have most of you. I experienced it when I was a pastor for fourteen years, and I’ve experienced it in the twenty-two years since.

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