Ministry Resources

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The Cost of Nondiscipleship

As I lectured on the transforming effects of the gospel, Ebi, a brilliant young African national student, was silently weeping. Sitting eye…

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More Valuable Than Sparrows

To reassure parishioners that God cares about the details of their lives, most pastors at some point have quoted Matthew 10:29–31, “Are not…

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If God Made the Universe, Who Made God?

In his 1927 essay, “Why I Am Not a Christian,” atheist Bertrand Russell reflected on our origins. If we ask, “Who made me?” then we should…

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How Do You Heal the Wounds You Cannot See?

Growing up in church I heard messages on how adulterous affairs ripped relationships. I listened intently as ministers shared about the “war…

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The Pastor and the Multicultural Church

The homogenous church was the prevailing church-growth philosophy when I was in seminary during the mid-1980s. At the time, the data…

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Breaking Bad News to Your Church

If you are a pastor, you know you can count on having problems in your church. You may be tempted to think that once you have made the…

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The Promises and Perils of Personalized Medicine

From experience, we know that one size does not fit all in medicine. A cancer treatment that leads to remission in one patient may have no…

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Is Naturalism a Simpler Explanation Than Theism?

Philosopher David Papineau declares “nearly everyone nowadays wants to be a ‘naturalist.’ ”1 Western intellectuals call naturalism the…

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What Every Person Wants

What does every person want? Better living conditions? Civil rights? Somebody to love? A clean environment? A new car? Lower taxes and less…

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Sex Trafficking

NATURE OF THE PROBLEM On September 9, 2010, a Missouri television station released a report detailing the arrest of four men from Southwest…

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Rural Compassion for the Harvest

Rick Rusaw and Eric Swanson, authors of The Externally Focused Church, state, “If your church vanished, would your community weep? Would…

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Mobilizing for Compassion

Consider these practical help as you lead your church to be the merciful, compassionate presence of Christ among the poor, broken,…

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Hand Out of Hand Up

The Bible often speaks about the Christian’s duty to assist the poor and avoid harming them. Many churches take these Scriptures seriously…

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Compassionate Christ, Compassionate Church

Have you ever lost sleep worrying about a matter of principle? On Thursday, August 6, 2009, I experienced such a sleepless night. That…

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Four Reasons Older Pastors Do Not Retire When They Need To

A time comes in the life of every lead pastor when the handoff has to occur. Many pastors remember the days in the beginning of their…