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Preaching through the Advent Season
by J. Timothy Allen

You stare at your planning calendar for fall and winter. Suddenly it dawns on you that the Advent season is just around the corner. “Let’s see, there are four Sundays until Christmas, then there is the special Christmas Eve Service, the ecumenical service with the neighborhood congregations you have been invited to preach for, and …” It’s no wonder preachers become anxious during the Advent season. You might have to preach over 25 sermons in a one month span from a seemingly limited menu. Suddenly your mind plays tricks on you. You reach into the file ...


A Pokémon Advent
by Dustin Leimgruber

I am a Pokémon Go playing pastor. About 5 months ago, I noticed someone standing outside my study window playing with their phone. Apparently the church building, more specifically the sign directly outside my study, is a pokéstop. I’ve been playing ever since. If you aren’t familiar with the game, the objective is to “catch ‘em all” by wandering all over creation to find pokémon placed in real world locations. Some pokémon are common, popping up every few blocks, and some pokémon are so rare that I’m ...


What Is the Main Job for Every Pastor?
by Jeff Schreve

I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.  2 Timothy 4:1-2  In 1996, I enrolled as a freshman MDIV student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.  God had called me into the ministry, and the next step on my journey was theological training.  I chose Southeastern partly because of my admiration for President Paig...


Preaching Christ from the Old Testament
by Cory Mansfield

In this brief excerpt from a sermon delivered by J. Ligon Duncan III, we get an encouragement on where he sees trends going with expositional preaching, while at the same time presenting a sobering reality on the content of that expositional preaching. He makes a compelling case for preachers to refocus their preaching efforts on the whole counsel of God, which includes the Old Testament. Read through this excerpt and then grab a copy of the book that has the entirety of the sermon. It is full of soul-gripping, gospel-centered sermons that are sure to impact your life the way it has mine....


Why Kids Need Exegetical Bible Teaching for the Long Haul
by Cameron Cole

I remember the most influential piece of wisdom I received in my first year of youth ministry. Over Starbucks, I met with my former pastor, Mark, who had introduced me to the Gospel of grace five years earlier. He had worked with Young Life for several years before becoming a church planter.  Mark said, “If anyone asks you how your ministry is doing, always reply with this: ‘I’ll tell you in ten years how my ministry is doing right now.’” Mark established a vision for my ministry. In leading young people, we always should look to the future...


9 Resources to Help You Prepare for and Preach a Funeral
by Cory Mansfield

If you have the privilege of serving as a Pastor for more than a few months, then it’s probably safe to say that you will be preaching at a funeral at least one time…if not hundreds over the course of your role as Pastor. People live, and people die. The timing, circumstances, and beliefs of the deaths, however, change everything. If an individual who loves Jesus passes away in their sleep at 103 years old, we grieve the loss, but understand that it was their time, and rejoice that they are with our Lord. When a teenager, however, is lost in a tragic car accident, it&rs...


Pastor, Are You Reading the Bible for Yourself?
by Jeff Medders

Sermons, small groups, lessons, counseling, discipleship meetings—pastors are constantly reaching for the Good Book as we go through the week. Our calendar often requires us to open the Bible to feed God’s sheep. And there’s a danger here. One of the scary truths of being a pastor is that you could neglect personal enjoyment and intake of God’s Word, and no one would notice. At least not for awhile. While you are busy prepping sermons, lessons, and meetings, and books are scattered across your desk, it looks like the pastor is enjoying the Bible. I ho...


How the Love of God Helps Us Walk in Holiness
by C.D. "Jimmy" Agan III

Walking in Holiness, Walking in the Love of God The testimony of Scripture is clear: if we want to walk in the way of holiness, the love of God is indispensable to our progress. God’s love for his people is the foundation for all holy living and our love for him its most essential mark. In turn, to remain on the path of holy obedience, we need the power of God’s love in the present and the hope of its fullness in the future. For Christians who want their growth in holiness to be informed by these biblical truths, five implications follow: 1. To Walk in...


4 Ways Missionaries Can Leave Well for the Field
by Phil Bartuska

For those planning to go overseas as missionaries, there will come a day when they and their families board a plane with one-way tickets in hand. They’ll be nervous but confident that God is making a way for them to take the gospel to the unreached. Every missionary has this experience in common. Whether single or married with children, this experience bonds all missionaries together. They have left behind family, friends, jobs, security, comfort, and normalcy for the sake of the gospel among the unreached. I have been thinking about that moment for years, and soon, my family ...


Preaching Points: 10 Tips for Using Social Media to Support Your Preaching Ministry
by Mike Glenn

If you had told me 30 years ago when I was still in seminary that I would have staff members waiting for me to give them a part of my sermon in 140 characters or less, I wouldn’t have known what you were talking about. None of us would have. The digital and social media revolution that has developed in the span of three decades is overwhelming. Now, people don’t live without social media; more importantly, they don’t know how. Social media is where most of your congregation lives. If you’re not part of that conversation, you’re missing out on a major op...