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In this section, you will find current and beneficial resources to help you as you seek to become a better leader, equipper, pastor, shepherd, preacher, etc. Here you will find practical how-to articles from leading pastors, book reviews, and excerpts from new book releases as well as classics, encouragement from pastors who have gone before, as well as leadership articles to help you lead more effectively


Why Do We Do the Things We Do?
by Paul David Tripp

It was a dramatic, game-changing moment. It’s recorded for us in Matthew 5:27–30. Jesus is unfolding the gospel principles of his kingdom. I’ve often wondered about the reaction of the crowd as he spoke these words: You have heard that it was said, “You shall not commit adul...


5 Reasons to Give up Something for Lent
by Dave Gustavsen

Still on the fence about whether to give something up? Here are 5 quick reasons you should go for it: 1. Discipleship.  At its core, discipleship means following and becoming more like Jesus. Early in his ministry, Jesus fasted for 40 days (Matthew 4:1-11). He also assumed that his followers w...


4 Tips for Understanding Any Passage of the Bible
by Brandon D. Smith

If you open up a dictionary or encyclopedia to any random page, you’ll have no trouble understanding the entry you stumble across. These books are designed to give you snapshots of information, and not much more. We all know, however, that the Bible doesn’t quite work that way. We&rsquo...


Theology & Preaching in the 90’s: An Interview with R. C. Sproul
by Michael Duduit

R. C. Sproul has built an international ministry of writing and teaching through Ligonier Ministries, based in Orlando, Florida. A graduate of Westminster College, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and the Free University of Amsterdam, Sproul also serves as professor of systematic theology and apolog...


Why Observe Lent?
by Dave Gustavsen

If you told me ten years ago that I’d be leading my church in the observance of Lent, I would have laughed. We come from a church tradition that associates Lent with stuffy, liturgical churches—and since many of the people in our church came here to escape that kind of atmosphere, Lent w...


What’s in a Name: Creating Compelling Sermon Titles
by Landon Reynolds

Introduction Calvin Miller likens the naming of a sermon to the naming of a baby. In an article devoted to sermon titles, he writes: In times past, I have fallen in love with next Sunday’s sermon as early as Monday. My enthusiasm for the coming homily was rampant. I sensed the Spirit moving ...


Preaching Points: The Pull of the Punch Line
by Hershael York

Johnny Carson hosted the “Tonight Show” for 30 years from 1962 to 1992. Known for his droll wit, urbane manner and his impeccably timed delivery of a punch line, Carson still holds a major influence on comedians and certainly every late-night talk show host. Carson knew how to tell a jok...


How to Know If God Is Leading You Elsewhere
by Patrick Edwards

One of the most common questions I’ve heard my fellow pastors ask, my staff ask, and I myself have asked is “How do I know if God is leading me elsewhere?” One of the clearest ways to know is if God speaks to you in an audible voice in the form of a burning bush, but let’s sa...


Flexing the Right Preaching Muscle
by Robert Dawson

Preaching is a calling.  It is a skill.  In many ways, it is an art.  Pick up a book on preaching, and you will find a definition of preaching.  John Broadus says in his book On the Preparation of and Delivery of Sermons, “Preaching is the proclamation of God’s m...


Has Ministry Lost Its Joy?
by Jeff Schreve

Pastor, author and Christian leader, Lloyd Ogilvie, shared about a time in his life when he was working so hard for the Lord.  He was preaching, teaching, serving, writing, and ministering in Jesus’ name.  But there was a big problem.  In all his working for the Lord, he had los...