Six Characteristics of Spiritual Leadership

Josh Etter

Pastor John from 1981:

There are six things in the word of Joab that I think should characterize every effort at team ministry in the church.

1. Humility

First of all, humility. "If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me." Joab was a mighty warrior, but not so foolish as to think himself wholly self-sufficient. "Abishai, my brother, I might be inadequate for the task…

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There’s Staggering Glory in Your Story

Jon Bloom

Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created (Revelation 4:11).

The story behind your existence is wilder than any story humans have imagined. Have you ever thought about it?

Statistically speaking, you should not exist. How unlikely was it that your parents ever met? And even when they came together…

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How to See God's Hand in Your Suffering

Jonathan Parnell

John Flavel, in 1678, instructs readers to see God as the author of all circumstances in life, including suffering:

Set before you the sovereignty of God. Eye Him as the Being infinitely superior to you, at whose pleasure you and all your have subsist (Psalm 115:3), which is the most conclusive reason and argument for submission (Psalm 46:10). For if we, all we have proceeded from His will, how right is…

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The Nightmare of Communism in North Korea

John Piper

For those of you too young to remember building bomb shelters in the ’50s, and for whom the horrors of Stalin’s Gulags and the “iron curtain” have little impact, I would encourage you to look today at what Communism has done to the soul of North Korea.

I am calling you to pray for this nation, and I am planting antibodies in your bloodstream against the next wave of interest…

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Pastors, What Kind of Legacy Do You Hope to Leave?

Jonathan Parnell

There are several aspects to biblical preaching and each preacher is more inclined to one than another. As you continue to learn and be balanced by the strengths of other pastors, what is the heart of your preaching ministry that you hope to leave with the next generation?

In this video, D. A. Carson, Tim Keller, and John Piper conclude that the most important legacy to leave is utter devotion…

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Between a Rabbi and Two Imams

Paul Tripp

It was a wonderful opportunity. I was asked to participate in an open discussion about death and dying from a patient’s perspective. The event was held at a local medical college. It was the first ministry situation I had ever been in where I had sat between a rabbi and two imams. My Jewish and Islamic colleagues were all very warm and articulate, but I had an unfair advantage. My…

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Living for the Joy of All Peoples — Wherever You Live

David Platt

One important question that I've been asked is why I — with a passion for the unreached and unengaged peoples of the earth — serve as a pastor in Birmingham, Alabama, one of the most churched cities in America. It's a great question and one that often perplexes me. Here are three conclusions that I have come to in my own personal wrestling with this question.

God Called Me to

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Our Weakness and God's Strength: Disability Ministry in the Local Church

John Knight

For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men (1 Corinthians 1:25).

If you have or are considering a disability ministry at your church, Paul’s exhortation to remember God’s infinite capacities compared to our puny capacities should provide hope.

We simply do not have the ability to deal with the entire scope that is represented by disability in God’s human creation:

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Should You Support Campus Crusade Staff Now That the Name Is Changing?

John Piper

Since Campus Crusade for Christ announced (and explained) that it will change its name to Cru, some donors have withdrawn support from Crusade staff. I am writing to say: That’s not a good reason to withdraw your support.

Here are some factors to consider:

  1. Glenn Beck ridiculed the change as he wadded up the report and threw it away. His entire focus was to attack the wimpy people…

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Entertainment-Oriented Preachers vs Bible-Oriented Preachers

Josh Etter

Pastor John from 2008:

The difference between an entertainment-oriented preacher and a Bible-oriented preacher is the manifest connection of the preacher’s words to the Bible as what authorizes what he says.

The entertainment-oriented preacher seems to be at ease talking about many things that are not drawn out of the Bible. In his message, he seems to enjoy more talking about other things than what the Bible teaches. His words…

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