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Gospel Fluency: Speaking the Truths of Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life

Go around the circle at your small group this week. Ask the folks on your staff and leadership team. Pitch this question to your spouse or your children, “Have you talked to someone about Jesus this week?” When we’re not stretching the truth or embellishing, most of us reply, “No.” There are many reasons why we may reply in the negative. Maybe our work environment doesn’t lend itself towards opening up about our faith. Maybe we haven’t spent much time with people that given week. But I think the prevailing problem is that even in moments of opportunity to...

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Go Back to the Local Church

Go Back to Church Perhaps a Pastor painted a poor picture of Pastors for you. Maybe a church staffer didn’t elevate your ministry the way you thought it deserved. Did a fellow member rebuke you harshly instead of with gentleness and in love? Cultural Christians and their hypocrisy, possibly, have made you sick over the years. Or is it that members, your friends, left your church, and it no longer has the same homey feel? No matter whose fault it was (it could have been yours), the local church burned you like a finger that touched a hot stove....

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Episode 70- Gerald Hiestand– The Pastor Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision

Welcome to the seventieth episode of Equipping You in Grace. On today’s episode, Dave Jenkins interviews Gerald Hiestand about his book The Pastor Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision with Todd Wilson (Zondervan, 2015) What you’ll hear in this episode: Gerald’s life, ministry, marriage, and his current ministry projects. What is a pastor-theologian? How the church historically has understood the term pastor-theologian. How serious theological anemia is in the church. How serious is the ecclesial anemia is in theology. Why not every pastor-theologian should be an ecclesial theologian. How pastors can be an ecclesial theologian in the local church. What Gerald sees...

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What Biblical Counseling is NOT: Sin-Obsessed

What Biblical Counseling is NOT: Sin-Obsessed I have been looking at some of the characterizations of Biblical Counseling over the last several weeks. There are many to consider, but I have limited myself to the most serious and most common. This critique today argues that Biblical Counseling is just focused on sin, or “sin-hunting” as some say. In truth, a multi-paradigm approach directs the individual-specific counsel that we seek to give. “Counselors don’t treat problems; they care for people.” That’s my hyperbolic way of communicating to myself, and my students, that Biblical Counseling isn’t formulaic. We don’t just place...

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The Cure for Our Envy

A friend sent a text to share with me about an amazing restaurant she went to. She described the wonderful meal she enjoyed and included a photo. I began to text back, “I’m so jealous!” but paused, then hit delete and changed it to “I’m so envious!” before hitting “Send.” Jealousy vs. Envy Jealousy and envy. They are two words that I’ve often used interchangeably. Whether I admired a friend’s new purchase from the mall, compared my rambunctious children to a friend’s well-behaved children, or wished my ministry was as successful as another’s, I’ve often considered my responses to be a form of jealousy. But they are not. You might think, “What does it even matter?” Let me first say that I’m not part of the police squad for how we use the English language. This isn’t just a matter of semantics. There is a subtle, yet real difference between jealousy and envy and it’s a difference that matters to us spiritually. When we understand the difference, it helps us better identify and repent of the sin in our lives. But more importantly, knowing the difference helps us understand the love of Jesus who has saved us. But first, let’s look at jealousy. In his book Respectable Sins, Jerry Bridges defines jealousy as “intolerance of rivalry” (149). A common reason for jealousy might be if someone were to try...

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