York Preaching

Putting the cookies on the lowest shelf

Hershael York — September 10, 2015

I recently met with about 80 contractors who will be working on a new building for the church I serve as pastor. I introduced myself and the 200-year history of our church, told them about our mission to glorify God by proclaiming Jesus Christ and serving others, and then I turned it over to our … Continued

Robinson Bible Reading

5 good reasons to read the entire Bible every year

Jeff Robinson — September 8, 2015

I vividly recall two pivotal conversations with pastors shortly after I surrendered to gospel ministry in the late-1990s. The conversations were pivotal because in them I was exposed to two divergent approaches to ministry and the Lord used them to convince me that I must saturate my mind with Scripture In one conversation, I asked … Continued

York church in seminary

6 reasons church is not optional for seminary students

Hershael York — September 3, 2015

Whenever I hire a staff member, I will always get around to asking what he did in seminary. Where did he go to church? How did he serve when no one was paying him to do the job? If the Holy Spirit and a man’s calling don’t compel him to love and serve the church, … Continued

Robinson Spurgeon blog

Spurgeon on the cauldron of suffering in the pastoral ministry

Jeff Robinson — August 31, 2015

In the same way that basic training cannot fully prepare a soldier for the hellish nature of a real war, seminary cannot fully prepare a future pastor for the bullets and hand grenades that will be launched at him in the local church on the field of real ministry. If I have learned anything in … Continued

Renshaw Tips

30 tips for new seminary students

Brian Renshaw — August 27, 2015

I am beginning my second semester of doctoral studies. I thought it may be beneficial to write (from a current student’s perspective and one that recently finished his M.Div.) some of the things I wish I would have known before beginning seminary. It is by no means exhaustive and they are not in order of … Continued

Weaver books

Standing on the shoulders of giants: The preacher and his books

Steve Weaver — August 25, 2015

One of my favorite quotes is from Sir Isaac Newton, discoverer of the law of gravity. In a letter to Robert Hooke on February 5, 1676, Newton wrote, “If I have seen farther, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Newton saw farther than anyone had before, precisely because he was willing to … Continued

Ibrahim Islam

Islam vs. Islamic extremism: How should we speak about them?

Ayman Ibrahim — August 20, 2015

The speech of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden last Saturday at the memorial for the five unarmed servicemen killed in Chattanooga demonstrates the difficulty, uncertainty, and confusion among politicians in dealing with Islam and Islamism. The speech shows the apparent dissonance among the various voices in the same political party. In his speech, Biden identified … Continued

Beck Calling

What is God calling me to? Your past could be key to your future

Peter Beck — August 18, 2015

Every kid in America heard that question umpteen times growing up. The answers are as varied as the kids themselves. My 13-year-old daughter’s dream vocation seems to change as often as she changes her clothes. College students hear a version of this age old question, too. Most often it’s, “What’s your major?” The follow up … Continued


Counseling and the heart of Christ

Heath Lambert — August 14, 2015

  “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it?” Luke 15:4   In Luke 15, the religious leaders were upset with Jesus.  Some people who were messed up … Continued


The tools your church needs for effective family ministry

Timothy Paul Jones — August 7, 2015

How can your ministry equip parents with the resources they need? In the first place, help parents to see that if they are believers in Jesus Christ, God has already equipped them with his Spirit, his Word and the community of faith (John 16:12–14; Eph 4:11–16; 2 Tim 3:16–17; Heb. 13:21). Through these gifts from … Continued