Author: Landon Coleman

Our Deadly Obsession with Celebrity Culture

Evangelicals have a deadly problem. Our obsession with celebrity culture is a cancer destroying our churches from the inside out. You can see this obsession on display in a number of places. For one thing, every celebrity or an athlete who mentions God or stands up for conservative values becomes an instant poster child for many of us. Acceptance speeches, victory speeches, and interview sound bytes are replayed and reposted on social media to the delight of many. Are we looking to celebrities to gives us some sort of validation for what we believe? Are we ready to embrace...

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Elijah’s Suicide Prayer and the Whisper of God

Engaging with God: A Forray into Prayer and Spiritual Warfare The book of James gives remarkable insight into the prayer life of the great prophet Elijah. James 5:17-18 says Elijah controlled the weather with his prayers. He prayed, and it did not rain. For three and half years not a drop fell from the sky. Elijah prayed again, and it rained. This New Testament insight about the power of Elijah’s prayer life makes 1st Kings 19:4 all the more shocking. In 1st Kings 19:4 Elijah prayed to God and asked him to take his life. It’s a suicide prayer....

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Seven Reasons I’m Thankful for Hospital Visits and Funeral Services

I don’t know many pastors who took up preaching because they loved preaching funerals. That certainly wasn’t on my radar as a seminary student. I also don’t know many pastors who genuinely enjoy making hospital visits. People tell me all the time they hate hospitals. Honestly, don’t we all? Nevertheless, after a decade of being a pastor, I can honestly say I’m thankful for the opportunities I’ve had to visit people in the hospital and preside over funeral services. Here are seven reasons I look back and thank God for opportunities to minister to the sick, the dying, and the...

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Bible Reading: Duty or Delight?

As a pastor I desperately want the people in my church to read the Bible. Not just when they come to big church or Bible study, but during the week on their own. I want the Lord’s people in my local church to read the Bible regularly and consistently. I also desire them to study, memorize and meditate on the Word. To that end, I have seen other pastors take two approaches to motivate people toward faithful Bible reading. Approach one emphasizes duty. A pastor can stress one’s obligation to read the Bible, focusing on the fact that believers...

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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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