Posts tagged pastor
So, Dean You Still Blogging?

I’ve been blogging since 2008 with a site I called, “Take it or leave it - A Young Baptist’s Point of View.” 10 years later, I’m not quite as young as I was, but I have kept blogging. Sure, it’s been off and on over the last decade, but overall I have kept pretty consistent, especially the last 3 years. That is until the last few months of course…

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What Should I Wear to Church?

Every Saturday night, right before I go to bed, I ask my wife, “What should I wear tomorrow?” Even though she’s already in bed or close to it, she usually indulges me and give me some much needed fashion advice (apparently purple and blue go together, who knew?)...

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Can a Woman Teach Sunday School?

Complementarianism is the belief that men and women have distinct roles within the home and the local church that are complimentary to one another. So men have the distinct role of being the leader first in the home and then if qualified in the local church, while women have the role of being submissive and helpful to the man in the home and the local church. The line of complementarianism in the home is an easy one to put on paper at least, but the local church is a different story…

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Stop Making Excuses for Studying Hard Theology

One of the most beautiful aspects of the Gospel is that it is easy to understand. It is so simple that small children can understand the Gospel and their need for this good news to be applied to them. Yes, the Gospel is simple, but not all aspects of Christianity are so simple. Some aspects of Christianity are far more difficult to understand…

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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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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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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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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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Soul Winning: Stop Saying That!

I run in fairly conservative circles, so I understand if this post does not mean anything to you, but I hear this phrase of “soul winning” a lot. Honestly, I hear it way too often. Yet, every time it makes me squirm. Soul winning might be the most prideful and legalistic term that I hear good Christians use on a regular basis...

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Who Rules the Local Church?

Every church is different. There are different ministries, styles, and of course different people. There also different leadership structures in seemingly every church. Some churches are ruled by the pastors. Some are ruled by the deacon board. And some are ruled by a board of congregants. So which way is best?...

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