Pastor's spiritual life

7 crucial reasons why a pastor’s spiritual life matters to his church

Matt Haste — September 25, 2015

Pastor, your spiritual health matters to your church. Your pursuit of Christ impacts your people. You know this, of course, but does your daily schedule reflect it? When you allocate time and energy toward the spiritual disciplines, do you do so with a view toward what is at stake? God’s sovereign purposes are not dependent … Continued

Guard your hearts from porn

Guard your hearts at all costs in the war with porn

Brian Renshaw — September 22, 2015

Pornography is one of the greatest dangers facing the church today. I could offer you statistics and case studies showing the devastating effects pornography is having on our church leaders but that is not needed. You know the dangers and the widespread effects of pornography. Based on statistics alone there is a reasonable chance that … Continued

Logic to arguments blog 2

How to apply logic to arguments, part 2

J. Daniel McDonald — September 18, 2015

Editors’ note: Part I of this two-part series was published on Tuesday. Engaging the culture involves more than the picking apart of opposing arguments. While this is important, you must develop and use well-reasoned arguments. It is far too easy to point out the faults and inaccuracies of someone else’s argument, but to make this … Continued

Logic to arguments blog 2

How to apply logic to arguments, part 1

J. Daniel McDonald — September 15, 2015

Planned Parenthood is exposed for trafficking aborted baby parts. Bruce Jenner changes himself into Caitlyn Jenner and the culture lauds him as courageous. The United States Supreme Court in a landmark decision, recognizes homosexual marriage. In the midst of the maelstrom of change in American culture, traditional Christian beliefs and values are no longer the … Continued

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