Category: The Gospel and the Ministry

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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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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Five Surprisingly Effective Ways to Improve Your Preaching

I am a pastor who loves to preach. I find joy in proclaiming God’s Word to people. The thrill of watching people’s eyes light up as the truth of God comes to life is addictive. There are just few things that compare. So when I see articles and posts on preaching, I am inclined to read them. I want to get better at preaching. I want to excel at this craft. I know the gravity of preaching, so improving at it is non-negotiable. Many of the articles and posts on preaching have the same advice being offered, which is...

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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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A Plea for Holistic Christianity

What Is to Blame for Burnout? In a survey (see the infographic) conducted by Crossway last fall, 76% of men and 88% of women admitted that they had experienced burnout for a significant period of time. Of those who experienced burnout, 31% of men and 26% of women suffered for up to three months. It went on for up to six months for a further 23% of men and 24% of women, with the remaining 46% of men and 50% of women enduring this for over six months. When asked what contributed to their burnout, answers fell into two...

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