Book Review - Discerning Your Call to Ministry by Dr. Jason K. Allen

Many future pastors begin their pursuit of ministry plagued by doubt. They wonder whether they are truly called to this life of ministry, to this sacred duty, to the pastorate. Some pastors are unable to fully wrestle these doubts even until they re already in ministry and have been for years. So how can one be sure that they are indeed called to be pastors?…

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Politics Over Gospel (Some Thoughts on the SBC 2018 Annual Meeting)

As I write this post, the Southern Baptist Convention is continuing their annual meeting in Dallas Texas. The last two days have been filled with victories and controversies. J.D. Greear was elected overwhelmingly to be the new President of the Southern Baptist Convention which I would view as a huge victory for reorienting this denomination toward a mission focused strategy of ministry. Yet, other moments have left me embarrassed and nervous about the trajectory of the denomination… 

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What Makes a Great Sermon?

What is the greatest sermon ever preached? I wonder which preacher your mind rushed toward, are you thinking of one of the early church fathers? Perhaps you are thinking of one of the Reformers. Or maybe your mind goes to the “Prince of Preachers,” Charles Spurgeon. All of these answers would be wrong.

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Book Review - One Blood: Parting Words to the Church on Racism by Dr. John Perkins

When I was a teenager, a retired pastor took me under his wing and discipled me. We would sit and talk for hours about all sorts of issues in theology and in the local church. That pastor is now with the Lord, but reading Dr. John Perkins’ One Blood made me feel like I just had a conversation with my beloved mentor…

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Canadian Churches Helping Canadian Churches

While most people skip past the introductions and benedictions of the Epistles, I’m oddly drawn to them. I’ve always found it interesting to see how an inspired writer would begin to communicate the God-given truth He had been entrusted with to his audience. There are so many truths that get missed in these overlooked verses, after all every word is inspired by God right? One passage that has always stuck with me is Philippians 1…

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Pastors Read This Book! Preaching That Moves People by Yancey Arrington

While the majority of preaching books are focused on learning how to obtain the right material from passages in sermon preparation, Yancey Arrington’s latest book, Preaching that Moves People: How to Get Down the Mountain of Your Messages with Maximum Impact, effectively builds on that foundation by helping the preacher deliver that message to his congregation with power and intrigue…

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Extremist Evangelicalism: Forgetting Gospel Implications

I have been waiting to write this post for a few weeks now. I kept waiting to see if I missed something. Because honestly, I have never been more confused with my brothers in Christ than I am today. Over the last few months, I have seen fellow Christians take common sense and throw it out the third story window and I just don’t get it…

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Thanos and Abortion

(DON’T WORRY, NO SPOILERS.)

Avengers: Infinity War came out this past weekend. As I’ve mentioned on this blog before, I’m a big comic book fan. I grew up watching the cartoons and reading the comics. In fact, I even have Infinity Gauntlet #1 from ’91 which the latest Marvel Studios films borrows heavily from its storyline. As a fan, I’ve seen Avengers: Infinity War three times so far…

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When Your Friend Does Not Love Jesus Anymore

I grew up in a Christian home, attended a Christian school, and was at church every time the doors were open. So it goes without saying that most of my friends were Christians. Facebook has made it very easy to go back and see where all of those friends are now. Most, and I mean that, are not living like Christians. Some even say it out loud, “I’m not a Christian anymore.”…

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Book Review - Longing for Motherhood by Chelsea Patterson Sobolik

Chelsea Patterson Sobolik’s Longing for Motherhood: Holding on to Hope in the Midst of Childlessness is one of my favorite reads from the last few years. The author bravely bears her heart and walks the reader through her story of childlessness with courage and vulnerability…

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Book Review - High King of Heaven edited by John MacArthur

John MacArthur’s High King of Heaven is a treasure trove of Christology. MacArthur has assembled an impressive coalition of writers and expanded the thoughts set forth from his annual Shepherds Conference to create a great work that will benefit many students of theology...

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Stop Stealing Sermons! (Preaching & Plagiarism)

The next night this prominent figure in conservative Christian circles was preaching at the nightly rally. It was going well until something sounded really familiar. Then another. And another. I quickly realized that he was preaching my outline that I had given him the day before...

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Racism is a Gospel Issue

On the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination, there are many who are rightfully considering his message today. Dr. King was far from a perfect man, but his message is one that we still need today. North America has never been more divided. For those reading that last sentence and thought, "But Canada does not have the same problems as the States," let me assure you - racism is alive and regretfully well in the Great North...

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How I Catechize My Children

..Despite what authors might write in their parenting books, there is no definite way to make sure you’re child belongs to the elect. After all, salvation belongs to the Lord not us. He is sovereign over all things, including the salvation of my children. Yet, this does not excuse the Christian parent from doing everything...

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Can Christians Use Marijuana?

Bob Dylan said it better than anyone in our modern culture, “The times they are a changin’…” This is true across every aspect of our daily lives. Sometimes this change is good and helpful, just look at how far racial equality has come over the last 50-60 years (and there’s a lot further to go). Sometimes this change is extremely unhelpful and even sinful...

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Book Review - The Gospel for Muslims by Thabiti Anyabwile

As Islam continues to spread across the Western Hemisphere, this book is a necessary and valuable asset towards not only evangelizing Muslims, but understanding their dogma. Thabiti Anyabwile is always an exceptional writer, but The Gospel for Muslims stands out to me...

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