Pastor Nick Sandefur on revitalizing the local church.

Photo by Marcelo Leal on Unsplash Listen to Pastor Nick Sandefur of the Porter Memorial Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky discuss some details on the important work of revitalizing a local church. Listen here. In summary, he gives several characteristics of a healthy work of revitalization: The necessity of an unwavering commitment to truth. A passion and commitment…

The Expository Genius of John Calvin: Some Notes from Steve Lawson’s Book on Calvin’s Preaching

John Calvin is a heavyweight in the history of Christian thought. When thinking about any particular point of theology, theologians of all stripes are wise to wrestle with his ideas. Love him or hate him, his influence is unquestionably felt across the world. Karl Barth, an intellectual giant in his own right, says, Calvin is…

Leaders often fail because of arrogance.

Photo by Ian Kim on Unsplash What does this mean? Failing backward means… A person fails backward because he/she is lazy and doesn’t want to bother themselves with knowing what they need to know in order to get the job done. That’s failing backward. A person fails backward because he/she is arrogant. They wrongly think they have all…

Two Crucial Ways to Pray for Your Pastor

As a husband, dad of four, pastor of a church, and Ph.D student (in that order!), people often ask me how they can pray for me. There must be something in my eyes that cries out, “Help!” Most of the time, my answer reflects whatever is most pressing on my mind at that moment. Busy…

A Truly Productive Life

Are you productive? I’ll ask a different way: Do you merely get things done or do you get the right things done? For years I considered myself a productive person. I’ve always been both early to rise and late to bed. I had lists, projects, and goals I wanted to accomplish and aimed my life at…

Thomas Jefferson and a Dead Jesus

Did you know Thomas Jefferson, one of America’s founding fathers, was a deist? One of the things he believed as a deist is that Jesus was not God. Furthermore, Jefferson did not believe Jesus rose from the grave. Rejecting anything he deemed irrational, Jefferson heavily edited the Bible and produced his own version. His version…

Glorious Joy for Discouraged Pastors

What often derails faithful Christian ministry is leaders who give up in the face of discouragement. The signs of discouragement begin internally before they ever show on the outside. A weight on the chest that makes it hard to breathe. A lethargy that makes even the most common ministry tasks burdensome and difficult to manage.…