The Gospel and the Ministry

An Open Letter to Faithful Expositors Who are Filling Up the Afflictions of Christ

Colossians 1:24, “I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church”- Can you feel the apostle Paul’s heartbeat here? He was at that time imprisoned (Acts 28:16,...

The Christian Life and Preaching

Colossians 3:12-17 (Pt. 2 - The Christian Life and Preaching) Well, you remember, don’t you, that Paul exhorts us, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” That's what we are to do as Christians. We are to let the word of Christ dwell in us richly. And already,...

Spurgeon and the Evangelistic Pulpit

In the nineteenth century, God was pleased to raise up a man by the name of Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834 – 1892). As one studies the life and ministry of Charles Spurgeon, it is evident that evangelism was an integral part of his ministry. Spurgeon was a man who was...

The Gospel and Teamwork

This material has been previously published in Jeff Mingee’s Called to Cooperate: A Biblical...

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...