Author: Landon Coleman

Living with Hurt

From my perspective as a pastor, it seems like churches go through seasons of crises. One year it’s marital problems, and it seems like every marriage is falling apart. The next year its illness and death, and it seems like every family is suffering loss. Other times its just people who are struggling with emotional, spiritual, and relational hurt. This hurt comes from a number of places. Sometimes it comes directly from our sin. Sin always promises joy, but always leads to pain. Other times it comes indirectly from the consequences of our sin or the effects of another...

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Six Ways to Pray After Sutherland Springs

It happened this past Sunday again violence was unleashed on an unsuspecting group of people. We’ve seen it happen at concerts, nightclubs, schools, restaurants, and churches. On this past Sunday, it was Sutherland Springs Baptist Church, a small church east of San Antonio. In the aftermath of these attacks, social media explodes, and Monday was no different. Facebook and Twitter have become our outlet, our platform, and many of us feel the need to say something. Most Christians don’t know exactly what to say, but we do feel the need to pray as well as the need to call...

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Knowing God, Knowing Ourselves

Great thinkers have the ability to take complex ideas and make them simple without being simplistic. Take John Calvin, for example. His great work, Institutes of the Christian Religion, begins with these words, “Nearly all the wisdom we possess, that is to say, true and sound wisdom, consists of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves.” This is true, and this is simple. True wisdom involves knowing God and knowing ourselves. Who are you? You are an image bearer (Genesis 1:27). You were created to know God, love God, serve God, enjoy God, and reflect God. You are a sinner...

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Six Reasons to Practice Spiritual Disciplines

Over the last few months, we’ve been walking our church through a study on spiritual disciplines. We’ve talked about Bible intake, prayer, giving, fasting, solitude, journaling, and reading. Along the way, we’ve tried to be practical, helping our people know how to put the disciplines into practice on a regular basis. We’ve also tried to be kindly confrontational, explaining that these disciples are for all followers of Jesus, not just an elite few. In the midst of practicality and confrontation, we’ve had another aim in mind. In teaching the disciplines, we’ve tried to keep the big picture in mind....

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Wanting to Leave and Saying Goodbye

More and more I hear voices in the evangelical world suggesting that wanting to leave your church is wrong. These voices suggest that the “right” thing for every pastor is picking a church and staying put until you retire. I know friends who are doing this. I’ve read blogs, articles, and social media posts that encourage this. When I hear these suggestions, I’m concerned, especially when someone suggests every pastor should pick a church a stay put forever. Challenges for Pastors This is a complex issue. For one thing, the job of the pastor is a job that involves...

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