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A Tale of Two Gods: How Calvinism’s God & the Bible’s God are Two Very Different Gods

One very popular denominational preacher and writer, John Piper, is famous for saying that “all things” – even down to the subatomic level – “are ordained, guided, and governed” by God.[1] The idea that God determines everything can be traced back to Augustine of Hippo in the 5th century and is particularly popular among a branch […]

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How to Trick People into Rejecting Biblical Authority (Hint: Many of Our Churches are Doing a Pretty Good Job)

The road to hell isn’t obscure or hard to find. It is a super-highway, lined with familiar faces and paved with sincerity and good intentions. Many of its travelers are self-proclaimed followers of Jesus who are oblivious to their final destination (Matt. 7:21-23). They were simply pointed that way by other well-meaning ‘Christians.’ How did […]

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Why It’s Wrong To Keep Truth And Grace In Balance

We want to be balanced people. It is considered a good thing to have a balanced diet or to keep a healthy balance between work and pleasure. But sometimes, balance is a bad thing. For example, finding a balance between fidelity and infidelity in marriage – or between honesty and dishonesty – doesn’t make any […]

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Resources To Help Get You Unstuck

God’s Word is timeless. So why are you packaging it as if it is stuck in the 90’s? Scripture is just as essential today as it was millennia ago. But it is your job – the teacher, elder, preacher, blogger, etc. – to teach it in a relevant, practical way. And in our iPhone-packed, social […]

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Keep Those Visitors Coming Back (Part 2)

Everyone is looking for something, which is why your church has visitors. Some are looking for a place that has a strong youth program for their kids. Others are looking for hand-outs or financial assistance. Some are looking for counseling or emotional support. Others are looking to satisfy a pricked conscience since they have been […]

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Preachers, Take That Hobbyhorse Out To Pasture

Sam and Veronica, a young couple, are expecting their first child in the next few months. They are scared, because in the last 2 years they have had two miscarriages. Jennifer, now in her late 40’s, recently lost her husband to another woman and is now suffering through an ugly divorce process. To make matters […]

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Stuff I Like (4/17/14)

The Single Minister Stan Mitchell writes, “It fascinates me how resistant the church is today to the idea of a single man in the ministry. I don’t know how many church members say, “We prefer our preacher to be married.” That single preacher probably prefers to be married, too.” The Proven Ideal Length Of Every […]

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The Preacher Rules

I grew up being taught the preacher rules. Not “rules” as in “dictatorship,” but “rules” as in “guidelines.” These rules refer to how a preacher counsels and interacts with women. Preachers must establish practical boundaries in order to protect themselves, other women, and the church. I’ve known of far too many preachers who thought they […]

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They Thought Jesus Was Crazy Too

Jesus had just finished revealing Himself as The Good Shepherd (John 10:1-16), predicting His death and resurrection (10:17), and reaffirming his relationship with the Father and His complete commitment to His Father’s Will (10:18), when many responded (10:20), This text is both discouraging and encouraging to me. I find it discouraging because most of His […]

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Puny Preaching

As a man, I like food. I mean, I really like food. Luckily I live in Louisville – a town with a great restaurant scene. For Valentines’ Day, Hannah and I tried a new restaurant. It looked like a fancy restaurant, and the online reviews were overwhelmingly positive. The waiters were well dressed and the […]

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