Putting on the Whole Armor of God

On today’s Warriors of Grace show continuing season two, Dave discusses union with Christ and the armor of God, why spiritual warfare is vital to spiritual warfare, and why one’s view of sanctification affects how one views spiritual warfare. What you’ll hear in this...

God the Best Portion of the Christian – Jonathan Edwards (1736)

Two hundred years after Calvin published his first edition of The Institutes, Jonathan Edwards preached a sermon about being content in God. The title of the sermon was God the Best Portion of the Christian. Edwards’s text is Psalm 73:25, “Whom have I in heaven but...

The Grounding of Hope

Colossians 1:3-5, “We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, 5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard...

Christine Chappell- Help! My Teen is Depressed

On today’s Equipping You in Grace show, Dave and Christine Chappell discuss how to walk with a teenager through depression, how the local church can help teenagers who are depressed and minister to them, along with her mini-book, Help! My Teen is Depressed (Shepherd...

To the Saints in Colossae

Colossians 1:1-2, “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, 2 To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ: Grace and peace to you from God our Father.” Jesus is the center of Scripture, the one in...

Seeing God’s Gracious Hand in the Hurts Others Do to Us

Genesis 50:20, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.” Suffering at the hands of other people is extremely painful. However, even when this occurs, we can know that God’s sovereignty rules over all, and that he working out his will for our...

The Gospel and the Ministry

The Gospel and Teamwork

This material has been previously published in Jeff Mingee’s Called to Cooperate: A Biblical Survey and Application of Teamwork. (Ichthus Publications, Apollos, PA., 2016). Reprinted with permission. “Whether or not one realizes it, the gospel is – by its very nature...

Did You Know That Charles Spurgeon Struggled with Depression?

A Surprising Truth It comes as a surprise to some that Charles Spurgeon had a lifelong battle with depression. His reputation as a famed and powerful preacher, his cheery wit, and his cigar-smoking manliness might lead us to imagine there could never be a chink in his...

Pastor, Don’t Quit—Learn to Lament

When Ministry Wears You Out Years ago, I remember hearing a seasoned pastor say, “Ministry would be a cake-walk if it wasn’t for people.” His tongue-in-cheek statement revealed what people know: pastoral ministry is hard. It isn’t long until the passionate calling...

Depression and Lament

“By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. On the willows...

4 Lessons for Pastors from the Life and Ministry of John Calvin

4 Lessons for Pastors from the Life and Ministry of John Calvin

Life Intertwined with Ministry On April 25, 1564, about a month before his death, Calvin wrote his last will and testament. In it, he identifies himself as “minister of the word of God in the Church of Geneva.”1 He served in this role for nearly half of his life. As...

Stop Comparing Yourself to Well-Known Pastors

Stop Comparing Yourself to Well-Known Pastors

Preacher, you can preach better than John MacArthur, John Piper, David Platt, and H.B. Charles. I wonder if that surprises you? It should not. You can preach better to your flock than any of those world-renowned expositional preachers. If you played their sermons at...

Fighting Pastoral Covetousness with Contentment in Christ

Fighting Pastoral Covetousness with Contentment in Christ

There’s something in us that discounts our current circumstances: our lives, our location, our role, our life. We look at others and want more. It’s sin, of course, a direct violation of the tenth word: You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet...

The Grace of Waiting

The Grace of Waiting

“O LORD, be gracious to us; we wait for you. Be our arm every morning, our salvation in the time of trouble.” (Isa. 33:2) A Call to Wait Life is a waiting room. That’s how Gayline and I see it anyways. When you have a headache that lasts for 30-plus years (like I...

Tips for Seminary Students: Maintain Your Joy in Ministry

Tips for Seminary Students: Maintain Your Joy in Ministry

I want each of you to maintain your joy in ministry. Let joy be a hallmark of your service to Christ’s church, and let your joy winsomely commend the faith to unbelievers. At times, maintaining your joy will be difficult. Heartache, setbacks, and discouragement will...

Pastor: It Shouldn’t Be Lonely at the Top

Pastor: It Shouldn’t Be Lonely at the Top

Pastors and leaders spend a lot of time with people—leading meetings, grabbing coffee, responding to messages. And yet with all this connection, they are often socially isolated, with their interior lives largely unknown. Some feel relationally full, yet upon deeper...

How to Keep from Falling Away: A Study from Hebrews

How to Keep from Falling Away: A Study from Hebrews

Introduction About 25 years ago, I heard an early twenty-something young man preach. He was extraordinarily gifted, with a public presence and gifting that was unparalleled in my experience. His skills in preaching, illustrating, and capturing crowd attention were...

Pastoral Care in the Digital Age

Pastoral Care in the Digital Age

It’s no secret that we spend more and more time online. You’re reading this article online. You likely have at least one—and probably several—social media accounts. And many of our churches likewise have an online presence, even if it’s just a dorky early 2000s...

The Pastor and the Care of the Body

The Pastor and the Care of the Body

Several years ago, my wife interrupted me while I was exercising at home. A friend was on the phone. I took the call, and my friend greeted me, quoting from the King James translation of Paul’s first letter to Timothy, “Guy, don’t you know that bodily exercise...

Balance In Pastoring

Balance In Pastoring

I have been a Pastor for over two years and I have learned a lot during this time. By far, the thing I have learned the most is the concept of "Pastoring your people where they are and not where you want them to be." This may seem like a backward philosophy of...

Biographies in Pastoral Ministry

Biographies in Pastoral Ministry

Pastoral ministry is isolating and discouraging. Few people in your congregation understand what you face. For some, building relationships with other pastors is difficult because of schedule and other sundry reasons. People may not be growing as you desire to see...