Author: Mike Leake

Four Ways Expositional Preaching Helps A Pastor Not Split a Church

There are many ways for a pastor to divide a church. While it cannot prevent all of them I do believe faithful expository preaching can assist a pastor in strengthening the church and help them maintain unity. And when I say “faithful expository preaching” I’m particularly referring to verse-by-verse through one book at a time type of preaching. Here are four reasons I say this. Expository preaching helps you preach on difficult topics without making the congregation suspicious. Recently I preached on Mark 10. That’s a sticky topic. As soon as I mentioned the “D word” (divorce) it was...

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Brothers, Our Daggers Won’t Do

Tucked away in John Bunyan’s little book on broken-heartedness was this little gem which relates to preaching: The Word of God, when in a man’s hand only, is like the father’s sword in the hand of the sucking child; which sword, though never so well pointed, and though never so sharp on the edges, is not now able to conquer a foe, and to make an enemy fall and cry out for mercy, because it is but in the hand of the child. But now, let the same sword be put into the hand of a skilful father, and...

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20 Reasons to Engage in Private Prayer

I absolutely love reading the Puritans. In the words of Billy Joel, they’ve just got a way about them. But unlike Billy I think I do know what it is. It’s that Puritans are drenched in the beauty of the gospel. I’ve been greatly benefiting from Thomas Brooks’ work The Secret Key to Heaven. It has been convicting me and strengthening me. One of the things Puritans did so well was to really drive a point home. It seems that their philosophy was, “Why only give 4 examples when I’ve got 25”. They won’t give up until the truth...

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Defining Success as a Pastor

A dear brother recently asked me a great question. It was one that I had thought about before, but his asking  forced me to make it a bit more concrete. This was his question: “How do you define success as a pastor?” My easy response is “faithfulness”. But how do I measure whether or not I have been faithful? What does that look like? I know that my faithfulness is not determined solely by the response to my preaching and efforts at discipleship. If it was, and we were to judge folks like Isaiah or Jeremiah (or even perhaps...

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Twelve Helps For a Hardened Heart

I’ve never really wished for a hard heart. But there are seasons when my heart begins to get a bit crusty. Perhaps there are things so deep and dark and painful that I don’t feel equipped to handle them. Which translated means—perhaps there are things which seem so powerful that I don’t trust the Lord to be big enough to handle them. Or maybe a choice sin has wrapped its tentacles so tightly around me that I’m deadening my own heart so as not to feel deep conviction. Regardless the cause of the hardened heart it is a dangerous...

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