When a pastor, professor, or friend in the church falls from sexual sin, does it make a sound? Yes. And it’s louder than when a tree falls.
Ministry titles abound in the church today. Student Pastor. Children’s Pastor. Creative Environment Pastor (No idea). Senior Pastor and Worship Pastor are pretty standard fair on the leadership page of a church’s site. And what is also becoming standard is the willy-nilly way people use the word pastor. I don’t think we should put Pastor […]
Offensive for offensiveness sake is really offensive.
Preachers walk the line every Lord’s day between offending and being a jerk. Brothers, I think the best to avoid being a jerk, is to just let the Bible say what it says. Don’t be afraid to watch the Spirit point out our unrighteousness or self-righteousness.
Zigging when the Bible is zagging is a bad route for Preachers to take. And dropping zingers out of spite, anger, or bitterness is also a scenic router Preachers must avoid. A wise preacher once said that the aim of our teaching is love from a pure heart.
Don’t back-peddle when the Bible stomps on the gas. God’s word is filled with challenging, convicting, perplexing, and downright offensive verses and truths. Teachers of God’s word will be tempted to soften the wallop with a what-this-really-means-is hot take on the offending verse of truth. Since we can’t silence a thunderstorm, we’ll just look silly trying.
Let the Bible be the Bible. It’s highly profitable for the people (2 Tim. 3:16–17). Don’t dull the sword. Don’t wrap your Bible in eggshells. When the Bible is roaring, roar with it.
Read the text with confidence. Point out the potent words. Lean into the tension, not away from it. Pattern yourself, not after your favorite podcaster, but after the Apostles.
Peter didn’t pump the brakes when he told the crowd, “You crucified the Son of God! It’s time to repent”. When’s the last time you called people to repeat, to turn from their sin and trust Jesus? I just checked the weather, and this Sunday looks like a great day to call people to Jesus.
Paul didn’t dilute his doctrine on Mars Hill when he told a group of idolaters about the only true God, the only one they aren’t worshipping. The crowds take offense to Paul’s points and his preaching of the risen Jesus. Get bold. Get apostolic.
The #WhyIWrite is all over Twitter today, and it got me thinking about the why of my writing. Here’s why I write: “I pray that he may grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with power in your inner being through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your […]
Preachers love preaching, but they shouldn’t love it too much. A potential idol for preachers is the act of preaching. You can crave the pulpit too much. And while we preachers can talk to the sheep about not finding their identity in their work but in Christ, this is a word we preachers need to […]
We need to film more stories with deep roots and thick trunks. Testimonies with some time on the tires. It’s good to celebrate professions of faith but we don’t need to rush a production for social media.
We are either suffering now, know someone who is—or we are about to suffer. It’s unavoidable. We will walk through the valley of the shadow of death more than we’d like. But, the Lord is with us, and so are his people. Here’s a collection of resources to help you in the valley. Songs to […]
Home Groups, DNAs, Missional Communities, Community Groups, Life Groups—whatever your church calls them, let’s not put too much weight on them. They may break. Bear with me. I’m not saying small groups are unimportant. I’m saying we need to be careful in how we view, speak, and teach on small groups. You’ll hear people speak […]
On June 11, as we begin a new sermon series, Redeemer Church will be moving to the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) as our primary translation. Our RedeemerKids curriculum already uses the CSB, and on June 11 our sermons will as well. After months of review and consideration, the elders have enjoyed the CSB’s faithfulness and […]