Sills Technology and Missions

How technology has changed missions

David Sills — September 22, 2016

We live in a technological age that is rapidly changing how we do business, banking, education, and on and on. Certainly there are disadvantages of being constantly in touch with everyone who demands our time and attention, and the anxiety caused by information overload is evident in the harried, hurried lives we live. Only the … Continued

Robinson Pastor Search

10 questions to ask a pastoral search committee

Jeff Robinson — September 19, 2016

When seeking a new pastor, most churches elect a search committee that accepts resumes and sorts through them to find a few men who meet the criteria. It is by no means a perfect methodology — often equally difficult for committee members as for candidates — but it is typical. I have heard many who … Continued

Changes in church

6 things to remember when making changes in a local church

Hershael York — September 14, 2016

With some regularity I receive an email or a call relating that some pastor, often a seminary student or recent graduate, has “torn up” a church he has served. Listening to the details, I usually discern two things: 1) the popular perception is that the cause of the problem was the pastor’s haste to change … Continued

Church Pews

Good liturgy is theology in action

Chad Ashby — September 8, 2016

Last year, I was having a conversation about our service with a member, and I realized the two of us were talking past each other. It began to dawn on me when the terms “singing service” and “preaching service” entered the discussion: the disconnect was an effect of twentieth century revivalism. Big tent revivals of the … Continued

Pastoral Visits

What to do with that awkward silence on pastoral visits

Brian Croft — September 6, 2016

This is a question that came to me by a young and introverted pastor who is struggling to know how to make conversation with elderly folks when he goes to visit them. I wish more and more young pastors knew their weaknesses and desired to grow like this young brother. Be comfortable with the silence Because I … Continued

Obbie Todd Writing

3 things a reformer teaches us about writing

Obbie Todd — September 2, 2016

Remarkably, when John Calvin became pastor in Geneva in 1536, he still lacked an official degree in theology from an academic institution. Neither had he submitted to any kind of ecclesiastical examination. Nevertheless, in addition to his studies in logic, languages, and civic law, the French Reformer was also a master of communication. His style … Continued

Imitate Heroes

Imitate spiritual heroes

Don Whitney — August 31, 2016

My spiritual heroes surround me when I’m writing. They sit on the bookcases on either side of the woodstove. The faces of some of them smile at me from various places on the walls or from nooks at the empty ends of bookshelves. The busts of four look down upon me like Mount Rushmore from … Continued

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How do you shepherd a dying and divided church? Interview with Brian Croft

Jeff Robinson — August 26, 2016

In his 13 years as senior pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Brian Croft has seen it all. He has experienced profound lows in the ministry but has sought to remain faithful and has also seen God bring the church from death to life. He chronicles that incredible tribute to God’s grace in a … Continued

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5 ways to help missionaries transition back to the states

Elliot Clark — August 23, 2016

One of the most frustrating parts of living overseas was placing an order at a fast food restaurant. Virtually every time I would have to elbow my way to the counter, mentally rehearse the order for a family of five in another language, and then hope that I could communicate without being misunderstood or worse, … Continued

Timothy Paul Jones leadership

Your church is not your platform

Timothy Paul Jones — August 19, 2016

In 1932, the University of Southern California started stenciling “Property of USC” on athletic t-shirts for the purpose of preventing theft. Their anti-theft strategy backfired when the stenciled attire became more popular than the original unstenciled t-shirts. USC turned this problem into a profit by producing and selling “Property of USC” shirts to students. Today, … Continued