How to Judge a Sermon

Pastoring is a broad job: Pastors are counselors and confidants, teachers and trainers, supervisors and superintendents. Each pastor is uniquely gifted for and/or prefers one of these roles over the others. This is natural and is part of how the pastor is made in the image of God; differences in ministry preferences and skills are … Continue reading How to Judge a Sermon

Anselm and Tertullian on Christianity and Philosophy

“What indeed has Athens to do with Jerusalem?”[1] Tertullian, a church father and apologist who lived in the late 2nd and early 3rd century AD, wrote a scathing critique of nominal Christians who fall headlong into false doctrine and heresies. By asking what Athens has to do with Jerusalem, Tertullian meant to critique Christians who … Continue reading Anselm and Tertullian on Christianity and Philosophy

3 Reasons Your Pastor Should Let You Down

Being a pastor is a difficult job. On the one hand, we want to please people; that's just human nature! I genuinely want people to enjoy my sermons, I want programs to run efficiently, and I want every service to be flawless. On the other hand, any pastor worth having knows that personal satisfaction and … Continue reading 3 Reasons Your Pastor Should Let You Down

Balanced Preaching: How to Write Balanced Sermons and Bible Studies

Perhaps the most important concept for pastoring a church is balance. The importance of balance shows up in nearly every area of the local church and to ignore balance is to head for ruin. With regard to a pastor’s workload, the pastor must find a healthy balance between the twin sins of too little and … Continue reading Balanced Preaching: How to Write Balanced Sermons and Bible Studies