Ordinary Elders, Part 2
Governing as Men Who Teach
Jan 20, 2023
Pastors are first and foremost teachers, but they are not only teachers. They feed the sheep and lead the sheep — and they lead by feeding.
Ordinary Elders, Part 1
Working for the Joy of Others
Jan 19, 2023
The pastors we all want are men who want to pastor, who want to see God move in them and through them for the joy of others.
Lovers of Good
Eyes of Hope in a World Gone Bad
Jan 17, 2023
Christians believe in good. They look for good. And they do good because, at bottom, they are lovers of good.
Pray This First
Jan 4, 2023
Few prayers are more familiar than “Hallowed be your name,” yet few prayers also are less understood. What do we mean when we ask God for the hallowing of his name?
Don’t Check the Boxes
My Breakthrough in Morning Devotions
Dec 27, 2022
For some, checking the boxes in Bible reading could put the focus and emphasis in the wrong place. Daily devotions are not about completing a task, but encountering the risen Christ.
We Long to Be Ruled
The Messianic Hopes in Every Heart
Dec 22, 2022
Christmas still enchants our unbelieving society because even as democratic as we may pretend to be, deep down we cannot shake our longings to be ruled — by the supremely benevolent King.
How Majestic Is Our Lord?
Dec 18, 2022
When speaking of God, we grope for fresh language to name the greatness of God. Might we learn to reach more often for the word “majesty”?
Awesome and Fearsome
God’s Majesty in the Eyes of His Friends and Foes
Dec 5, 2022
When God flashes the glory of his great size and strength, his people stand in awe and declare his majesty, while his foes cower in fear and feel terror.
Ten Looks at Jesus, Part 2
Dec 5, 2022
“For every look at yourself, take ten looks at Christ.” How happy might we be if we heeded Robert Murray M’Cheyne’s counsel?
Ten Looks at Jesus, Part 1
Dec 4, 2022
“For every look at yourself, take ten looks at Christ.” How happy might we be if we heeded Robert Murray M’Cheyne’s famous counsel?
He Delighted to Crush His Son
The Pleasure of God in the Gospel
Dec 1, 2022
The Father not only planned for his Son to die, but was pleased to crush him. And for those in Christ, this can be as comforting as it is astonishing.
Two Kinds of Pastors
Nov 28, 2022
Should pastors be paid or unpaid? Scripture shows that both come with benefits, and a blend of both can be vital to healthy churches.
To Groan Is Human — And Christian
Learning from the Emotions of Jesus
Nov 13, 2022
Some of the more stunning glimpses into the humanity of Jesus are the moments when he expresses sadness or grief. What might we learn from the groans of Christ?
The Private Worship of a Public Leader
Nov 6, 2022
Blessed is the leader who meditates on God’s law day and night — not just in public, but all the more in secret.
The Pastors We Didn’t Expect
Four Contours of Christian Leadership
Nov 3, 2022
We might expect Jesus to appoint world-class executives or entertainers to lead his church. Instead, he adopts a comparatively quiet plan: local teams of sober-minded teachers.
Fall Back to the Banner
Four Lessons for Our Devastations
Oct 30, 2022
When loss surrounds us, when fears assail us, we have a banner to which to flee. We turn to the God who has spoken, and there find real hope and strength.
Good Preaching Takes Hard Work
Oct 23, 2022
Good preachers carry many burdens before preaching, while preaching, and after preaching — and the rewards still outweigh the costs.
The Inner Man of Pastors
Six Glimpses into God’s Design
Oct 16, 2022
The apostle’s charge to a team of local elders in Acts 20 gives us six glimpses into the mature masculine soul and its particular fitness for Christ’s pastoral calling.
Not by Head Alone
The Warm Heart of Justification
Oct 6, 2022
The beloved Reformed slogan of “faith alone” does not make good works optional in the Christian life. Nor does it mean that saving faith involves the intellect alone and not also the heart.
What Is the Lord’s Supper?
Sep 29, 2022
This is a family meal ordained by Jesus Christ himself, meant to be enjoyed by his gathered church, in order to remember him and nourish our souls.
Humbled, Whole, and Honorable
What to Look for in a Pastor
Sep 18, 2022
As our lists grow longer of what to beware in a leader, do we have any corresponding clarity on what to pursue?
We Work with You
How Pastors Serve Their People’s Joy
Sep 9, 2022
Pastors, remember your people want to be happy. Dignify your people as partners, not just recipients. And embrace ministry that is harder, not easier.
Feed Your Soul
Habits of Grace
Sep 8, 2022
Learn to feed your soul as a Christian through means of grace, and habits of life, appointed by the risen Christ.
Feed Other Souls
Sep 8, 2022
Disciple-making feeds the souls of young believers so that they grow strong in faith through the means of careful attention, wise words, and godly example.
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