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Should We Seek to Burn Out for Jesus?

Good Intentions Can’t Save You from Burnout I love energetic, ambitious, zealous young Christian men. What a gift to the church they are! And I want them to do whatever their vocation leads them to do—go for it. However, there are dangers if you make unwise choices. What we don’t realize when we’re young is that we all have a limited amount of life fuel. And we can either expend all of it in the first decade of our working life and and then suffer for the rest of it, or we can pace ourselves, being refueled along the...

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Episode 106- Jonathan Leeman– Word-Centered Church: How Scripture Brings Life and Growth to God’s People

Welcome to the 106th episode of Equipping You in Grace. On today’s episode, Dave Jenkins interviews Jonathan Leeman about his book Word-Centered Church: How Scripture Brings Life and Growth to God’s People (Moody, 2017). What you’ll hear in this episode: How Jonathan fights for the sufficiency of God’s Word in his own life. The unique power of the Word in the Christian life and ministry. God’s Word as an extension of His identity, purposes, affections, and power. The delight and duty of daily reading God’s Word. What Pastors and ministry leaders can do about the growing problem of biblical illiteracy....

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Two Open Letters to My Fellow Millennials About their Parents

As a middle school math teacher, I have heard many groans from teenagers about their parents. I’ve also heard a growing number of complaints from millennials, my peers, lamenting the shortcomings of their parents. Their stories primarily fall into two general categories: those who parents profoundly sinned against their children, and those whose parents are profoundly annoying. I have written an open letter to each one. I pray they are both helpful. To the adult child whose parents wronged, abused or abandoned you: I’ve heard you say, “I hate my parents.” The brokenness in this world filters right down...

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Pastor, Are You Prepared to Shepherd Your Flock through Dementia?

A Common Challenge The tragedy of dementia is common and will become more so in the future. It is estimated that over 30% of the average church congregation will die with some form of dementia. That represents an enormous challenge in pastoral ministry. I would suggest that one of the metrics by which a pastor’s ministry can be assessed is how well the saints are prepared to face this test in a way that glorifies God. To meet this challenge it is necessary for a pastor to first learn as much as possible about dementia. It is also essential...

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The Importance of Daily Bible Reading for Spiritual Growth

Whenever I write or speak about the need for Christians to daily read their Bible, I almost always get some form of pushback. At the heart of most of the pushback, I hear is something along the lines of how I’m making Bible reading a duty rather than a delight. I’ll grant that sometimes I don’t always communicate in the most nuanced way on this topic. With that said I’m often left wondering after these types of conversations, “Why do we need to qualify and nuance daily Bible reading?” After all, daily Bible reading has had a long tradition...

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