What should a pastor do in his first few years at a church?

What should a pastor do in his first few years at a church?

Brian Croft — May 26, 2016

So many of the mistakes and missteps a pastor makes in a church as the new pastor comes from a lack of knowledge of what to do. The absence of clear thinking on this matter causes a pastor to listen to all kinds of different voices and hastily react to what he finds and hears … Continued

Are you a closet annihilationist?

Are you a closet annihilationist?

Denny Burk — May 24, 2016

National Geographic has an interesting article on the doctrine of hell. Chris Date, Preston Sprinkle, Clark Pinnock, and Edward Fudge are all quoted in the piece. The gist of it is that evangelical belief in the traditional doctrine of hell is in decline. Over the last 20 years, the number of Americans who believe in … Continued

Five keys to ministry in the Deep South

Five keys to ministry in the Deep South

Obbie Todd — May 19, 2016

One year ago, my wife and I packed everything we owned inside of a Penske truck and headed south. To a state largely unknown to us. To a people we didn’t know. For a job in which I had no real prior experience. Looking back, it was one of the best things to happen to … Continued

We must be governed by good news

We must be governed by good news

David E. Prince — May 17, 2016

As followers of Jesus, when we look at our American culture we cannot help but be troubled by what we see. Marriage has been legally redefined. Now, agreeing with the almost unanimous testimony of human history, that using the restroom ought to be a gender specific activity will get you labeled a bigot. Planned Parenthood … Continued

What is a disciple?

What is a disciple?

David Schrock — May 12, 2016

What is a disciple? The answer may not be as easy as it might first appear. First, there is a shift in the meaning of the term ‘disciple’ from the Gospels to the book of Acts. For instance, in John 6 many of Jesus’s ‘disciples’ leave him. These are the ones who followed him to … Continued

Driving Out Discontentment

Driving out discontentment

Raymond M. Johnson — May 10, 2016

I have found many pastoral counseling issues can be diagnosed with one all too common malady: many people wish they were someone else. They want someone else’s job, money, home, car, spouse, or family. They long for easier lives. They believe if they just had (fill in the blank) they would have purpose and meaning … Continued

Pastor leaving church

Should I leave my church? 8 critical questions

Jeff Robinson — May 6, 2016

In the spring of 2014, I made one of the most gut-wrenching decisions of my adult life: I resigned as pastor of a church that had called me little more than three years before. After months and months of prayer, soul-searching, and much advice from wise men with decades in the trenches of local church … Continued

Top podcasts for Christian leaders

Top podcasts for Christian leaders

Colby Adams — May 3, 2016

Podcasts are on the rise. When Serial took the world by storm at the end of 2014, many were exposed to this medium for the first time. Since then it seems like new podcasts are appearing every week. As many have discovered, podcasts are an especially accessible way to consume content. For pastors and other leaders … Continued

Advice for future church planters

Advice for future church planters

Scott Slayton — April 29, 2016

Recently a friend in his first year of seminary asked me what kinds of classes he should take and what he should do while in school to prepare for church planting. This question was not on my mind during my time at SBTS in the early 2000’s, but in God’s providence I planted a church … Continued

Reflections on a church that recently embraced egalitarianism

Reflections on a church that recently embraced egalitarianism

Denny Burk — April 26, 2016

Last night I watched Pastor Pete Briscoe give his rationale for leading his church to welcome female elders to their leadership structure. Briscoe pastors Bent Tree Bible Fellowship, a large congregation in the metro area of Dallas, Texas. His sermon amounts to a recitation of long-standing egalitarian readings of Scripture. I admire that Briscoe and … Continued