Author: Michael Cooper

New Ministry Resolutions: Remembering the Old Convictions of Preaching

The old has passed and the new has arrived. The calendar has turned and we’ve entered into 2017. However, we know that the “new” will soon wear off and the fresh reminder of the “old” will define the plowing of pastoral ministry. If you’re like me you probably have New Year resolutions for your ministry, dreams of leading the church to be more evangelistic and seeing the ministry grow spiritually. But as I personally consider these new resolutions for 2017, I am reminded as a pastor of my old calling to “preach the Word” (2 Timothy 4:2). These “new”...

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Being Theologically Intentional: The Importance of the Sunday Morning Gathering

From Monday through Saturday we are beat up by the world. We are persuaded to believe that our lives ought to be consumed with the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:15-17). The week has the ability to take its toll on us. This is why as God’s people the Sunday Morning Gathering of Christ’s Body is vital to our existence as believers. We need a safe place from the dangers of the world. As the Body of Christ gathers in the local embassies of His Kingdom, the Church...

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Six Ways to Fight the Monday Morning Pastoral Blues

Monday Morning. The weight and pressure of another week rolls around as you roll out of bed to find that first cup of coffee. But this Monday is different. You feel “off,” like something is wrong. There is that lingering thought in the back of your mind to just stay home and veg out. You get on social media only to see your pastor friends talk about their amazing worship service, soaring attendance, and growing churches. So you reflect. In your opinion, your Sunday worship was weak at best, and your sermon fell flat. You gave the invitation and the congregation...

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Bite Marks, Open Wounds, and Lasting Scars: Recovering from Church Hurt and Disappointment

“Give yourself to the Church. You that are members of the Church have not found it perfect and I hope that you feel almost glad that you have not. If I had never joined a Church till I had found one that was perfect, I would never have joined one at all! And the moment I did join it, if I had found one, I should have spoiled it, for it would not have been a perfect Church after I had become a member of it. Still, imperfect as it is, it is the dearest place on earth to...

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Six Ways to Contribute to Your Theological Education

Editor’s Note: The purpose of this series is to help students whether they are preparing for, attending, or have graduated from seminary to grow in the God’s grace. To read the rest of the articles in this series click here. ***************** I’ve spent my fair share of time inside classrooms and libraries over the past eight years while working on two degrees. I understand the stress of studying for a Hebrew exam and cramming for a church history quiz. Doing all of this while working a job, serving in a church, and trying to be a good husband and...

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