Church discipline is a big deal. If you’ve never been in a church that has practiced church discipline, it basically means that a person is caught in some type of sin, refuses to repent, and therefore is put outside of the church body until they do repent. Church discipline doesn’t...
My parents’ church is relatively small. As you travel north through California, their little town is nestled right at the end of wine country and the beginning of the Redwoods. It’s both beautiful and sparsely populated (both great reasons to live there!). But this also creates unique challenges for leading...
It’s clear that our churches are meant to worship (Rom. 12:1). But when we gather to worship in song, what should that music sound like? That can be a tricky question to answer. When we look in the Old Testament, we are told to praise God with the trumpet, harp,...
I sat in my pastor’s office sharing my feelings of being pretty worthless, of feeling abandoned by my peers. I felt like I had sold my soul to the devil, or something worse. After 18 years of steady ministry as solo pastor, senior pastor, or associate pastor, I had...
I recently posted a blog on Elijah, burnout, and how important it is for us to spend extended time alone with God. If he needed to slow down and spend some long, extended time in the desert alone with God, how much more do we need to do the...
Eternity Bible College has just rolled out one the most exciting tools we’ve ever created. I’m going to share briefly about it here and offer it to you at a discount, but first the rationale. Every Christian has a responsibility to know God, to study his word, and to help...
Toward the end of his letter to the Philippians, Paul comes right out and says that he wants something about them—and by extension, something about us—to be known to everyone. He wants us to be famous. But for what? It’s probably not what you’re thinking. “Let your gentleness be known...
I am a recovering burned out pastor. Doing fine, thank you. But I hit the wall several years back and had to resign a great ministry. The church I was pastoring was excited about the future and eager to reach out. We did some good things, and the future...
I have recently been struck by a very simple verse in the first chapter of Romans: “For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you—that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.” (vv....
Luke the Physician wrote a two-volume work. Volume I is the Gospel of Luke, Volume II is the book of Acts. Taken together, these books give us a careful and compelling account of what happened in the Roman Empire during the first century AD. In this post, I want to...
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