The Meaning and Purpose of Verbal Plenary Inspiration

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks Dave, “What is Verbal Plenary Inspiration?" What you’ll hear in this episode The Meaning of Theopneustos and Verbal Plenary Inspiration. The Old Testament and the Inspiration of Scripture. The New Testament and...

Theological Triage – 2nd Order Issues Part 2

On this new By His Grace show, Andy and Dave consider how to preach and teach second-order issues, respond when second-order issues are denied, and approach issues and people with love and humility. What You Will Hear on This Episode How to preach on second-order...

Arlo and the Great Big Cover-Up by Betsy Childs Howard

Discipleship is one of the most important aspects of Christian parenting. The young hearts of children are very impressionable and need to be carefully guarded and led. It is for this reason why it is crucial to start discipleship early in a child’s life. Proverbs...

Husbands, Wives, and Children

Colossians 3:18-21, “18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. 20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they...

4 Ways Paul Encourages Us to Love the Church (Even When It’s Hard)

Beauty on the Inside Around the corner from where I live, a house is for sale. In bold green letters, the lawn sign reads: “I’m Gorgeous Inside!” The message is surprising. From the street, the house is thoroughly ordinary, even run-down. It’s a seventies-era raised...

Gently and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund

The most important thing about us is what we think about God. What do you think of when you think about the Son of God? Some might first think about His miracles, the work of atonement, or His teaching. Others may think about His person. Christ is one person with two...

Letters To The Hearts Of Pastors’ Wives

Find Healing for Church Hurt

Driving home after Wednesday night church, I turned off the main highway onto the familiar tree-lined road that twisted and turned as it led to our subdivision. From the passenger seat, my fourteen-year-old daughter asked, “Mom, have you ever questioned why God chose...

Participating in the Life of the Church as a Pastor’s Wife

I’m from the South. I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but I grew up with the very idea of a pastor’s wife being freighted with expectations and assumptions. When my husband was in seminary in the South-- before we were married--I went to a “how to be a...

Five Ways that Susie Spurgeon Encouraged Her Husband

Faithful pastors are busy. However, occasionally God uniquely gifts a man for extraordinary work in ministry. That man cannot be fully imitated, but he can be learned from. Charles Spurgeon was such a man. Spurgeon authored 135 books, 63 volumes of sermons, and was...

Ministry Moves

“How have you coped with moving your children from one ministry situation to another?” I’ve been...

Raising the Pastors Kids

Raising the Pastors Kids

For almost a year, I’ve been taking my kids swimming after school once a week. No, I didn’t enroll them in lessons like a good suburban mom. I could barely justify adding the gym membership to our monthly expenses, much less private lessons for four kids. Instead, I...

When You’re the Loneliest Member of Your Church

When You’re the Loneliest Member of Your Church

I’m not very good at friendship. I used to be the kind of friend who was as comfortable listening as unloading, but fifteen years of being a pastor’s wife has muddled my ability to be the kind of friend I’d like to be. At twenty-four, I started out with wide eyes,...

The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line

In my childhood, it was always an exciting annual moment. On that cold December night, sitting in the sanctuary, surrounded by friends, enveloped by the warmth of a fire, a church elder would approach the podium and speak with authority: “We’d like to ask Pastor and...

Calming the Chaos of Sundays

Calming the Chaos of Sundays

Let’s be honest. Sundays are not a day of rest for a pastor’s wife. Just getting kids out the door looking presentable can be a monumental task. Then you have the job of overseeing them once you arrive at church while greeting people, having conversations with...

Four Truths to Hold on to When Your Pastor Husband is Discouraged

Four Truths to Hold on to When Your Pastor Husband is Discouraged

“Can you please pray for us right now? He’s so discouraged. I don’t know how to help him. I don’t know how much of this I can bear. For that matter, I don’t know how much of this he can bear.” My shoulders shook as I quietly sobbed in my laundry room. With the door...

Out of the Mud Pit

Out of the Mud Pit

When I met my husband, I knew the Lord was calling him to be a pastor. In my head, I envisioned us working side-by-side for the Lord, furthering His kingdom by building relationships with the kids, youth, and adults in our church together. While perhaps this may be...

Introduction to Pastors’ Wife Series

Introduction to Pastors’ Wife Series

When I married my husband, I knew I was also marrying my pastor for life. While others might get to go “church shopping,” I was already committed to the church that would one day hire him. We chose Ruth’s famous promise to her mother-in-law as our wedding verse:...