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Three Reasons We Should NOT Share the Gospel. Our conversation continued for a few minutes, with the young man respectfully and persistently pushing the issue. As we were talking, the thought crossed my mind, “Why does he care so much whether I accept or reject his message and his belief system?” I don’t know this young man’s heart or intention, but the conversation touched on a topic to which I have been giving much thought over the past few months: why do we (as Christians) evangelize?
Life Had Not Turned Out As She Had Anticipated. At forty-nine years old, Susan was disenchanted, angry, and hopeless. The sadness and hurt were clearly evident in her eyes. She began by stating that she did not believe counseling would work and was not sure why she had even made the appointment. One by one she listed all the situations, relationships, and events that had disappointed her. The wall she had built brick by brick around herself for protection was nearly visible to the eye.
On The Need For Both Theology and Ministry. But something deep inside of me tells me I am bi-vocational at heart (something Eugene Peterson wrestled with as both a pastor and a writer). I cannot leave the teaching world any more than I can leave the pastoral world. Both are fundamental to my identity. I cannot imagine engaging students in a classroom without knowing that I face the rigors of what I teach (lengthy board meetings and staff challenges and parishioner heartbreaks).
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- The Number One Failure of 90 Percent of Pastors. The roaring lion in search of supper does not take on the entire herd, but looks for stragglers–an isolated member that is sickly or elderly, too young to keep up or too headstrong to stay up. Bingo, he’s got his next meal. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (I Peter 5:8). He’s looking for the loner.
- 10 Tips for Recovering from Major Disappointments. Have you lost a job recently? If you’re not careful, you will falsely assume that you could never get as good of a job again. Have you had a business failure? If you’re not careful, you’ll keep yourself from ever taking a rid again. Did you suffer from divorce? If you’re not careful, you’ll believe you can never recover or receive God’s grace. Did your spouse have an affair? If you’re not careful, you’ll never risk intimate love again.
- 10 Puritan and Reformed Books for Biblical/Pastoral Counseling. God calls each of us to the personal ministry of the Word—speaking His gospel truth in love so we can all grow up in Christ, who is the Head. Puritan and Reformed leaders have understood and written about this calling. Here’s my top 10 ten list of Puritan and Reformed books for biblical pastoral counseling.
- Multiplying Relationships: How Every Church Can Multiply. Reaching North America for Christ is too big a task for one church to handle. New Church Multiplication is one of the best ways for us to work the North American fields to the edges. And every church can get involved in multiplication of new Churches. How? The sky is the limit. There is no right or wrong way to support church planting. The question is, what are you willing to do? How big of a commitment are you willing to make?