Fictional Church

Beware of your fictional church

Jeff Robinson — February 10, 2016

His words rang in my ears for days and triggered a few nights of nocturnal unrest. “What were you expecting in the pastorate? You’re not in seminary any more and this church isn’t filled with your seminary buddies. You’re in the real world now, son.” I had been on the job exactly seven days when … Continued

Brian Croft pastoral ministry

How does a man not lose his soul in the pastoral ministry?

Brian Croft — February 5, 2016

I wish I could say that most of my time caring for pastors is spent teaching them what to do and where to take a church over time, but it’s not. Sadly, my time is mostly spent trying to get pastors to stay longer than a couple of years; trying to help pastors weather the … Continued

Reissig Complementarianism

A complementarian where you least expect her

Courtney Reissig — February 2, 2016

Editor’s Note: This blog post by Courtney Reissig is sponsored by the Driven by Truth Worldview Conference, coming to Southern Seminary on March 18 – 19, where Courtney will be leading a breakout session, “Feminist Myths and a God Who is True.” Register today at sbts.edu/events. I don’t remember when I first heard the word complementarian, but I’m … Continued

Missions Questions

4 questions every church should ask a missionary candidate

Elliot Clark — January 28, 2016

At one time or another, a pastor will likely be confronted by a church member curious about becoming a missionary. Some may be uncertain but still trying to discern their calling. Others may be more assured but want direction on a field of ministry. In these situations, it is the business of the church’s leadership … Continued

Reading J. C. Ryle

Why every seminary student should read J. C. Ryle’s Holiness

Ben Rogers — January 26, 2016

I first encountered J. C. Ryle’s Holiness during my M.Div. studies. I was taking a class on sanctification and students were offered extra credit for reading and reviewing that book, which was written by some Anglican bishop I had never heard of. One afternoon, I picked the book up on the way to the gym … Continued

Abortion

The witness of Scripture: abortion is murder

Jared Moore — January 22, 2016

Editors’ note: Today marks the 43rd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision which was rendered on January 22, 1973. The U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous ruling in that case legalized abortion on demand in our country. In the beginning, God created mankind, body and soul, male and female, in his image (Gen. 1:26-28; Matt. 10:28). … Continued

Psalms

5 benefits of praying the Psalms

Don Whitney — January 19, 2016

I’m sure such folks are out there, but I’ve not personally met any Christian who hasn’t struggled with saying the same old things about the same old things in prayer. Before long, such repetitive prayer is boring. And when prayer is boring, it’s hard to pray—at least with any joy and fervency. Note that the … Continued

York Sermon Length

The long and short of sermons: 4 keys to keeping your hearers engaged

Hershael York — January 15, 2016

“How long O Lord?” That lament echoes through the Psalms, appears in Habakkuk, recurs in Revelation—and pervades the meandering minds of restless parishioners obliged to suffer the pastor’s preaching past the point of effectiveness and endurance. An expression of extreme suffering and bewilderment is hardly the response a pastor hopes for when he delivers his … Continued

Slayton ministry

5 Things to focus on in your first year in ministry

Scott Slayton — January 13, 2016

I have seen the story unfold so many times I could tell it in my sleep. A young pastor walks into established church and tries to change the church’s structure and culture on the first day. Instead of getting to know the people, the culture, and his neighbors, he goes full bore after a checklist … Continued

Piper Birthday

Thank you, John Piper: 70 reasons on your 70th birthday

Gunner Gundersen — January 11, 2016

Today — January 11, 2016 — John Piper turns 70. I ‘met’ John Piper in 2000 when I was 19 years old and my summer mission trip leader had us read The Pleasures of God together. I was transfixed, and transformed. Never had I encountered such an explicitly God-centered worldview or such compellingly clear theological … Continued