• Brick by Brick: The Lasting Benefits of Expository Preaching

    I recently read an excerpt from Paul Wolfe’s My God Is True! which provides an encouraging reminder of the importance and power of patient, long-term faithfulness in preaching the Word. Wolfe encourages preachers not to seek to “wow” our hearers with something novel and life-changing every week, but instead to nourish people with line-upon-line exposition […]

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  • Grace > Race

    As if our country weren’t facing enough challenges with COVID-19 and the economic downturn it caused, racial tensions have again erupted. I say “again,” because they never completely disappear, and perhaps they won’t on this side of heaven; they just retreat for a time until another event causes them to boil over. Watching the needless […]

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  • The Virtue of Gentleness

    This reading by Chris Anderson comes from Gospel Meditations for Fathers (Day 16), but it’s fitting for all Christians—perhaps especially church leaders—as we try to emerge from quarantine with our varied opinions, consciences, and fears. Read Matthew 11:25–12:21  “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy […]

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  • Quarantine: Nothing New Under the Sun

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Dickens’ timeless statement aptly describes my feelings about the response of Christians to the COVID-19 crisis.  I’ve been encouraged to see churches adapt so quickly to these challenging times. “Zoom” was unknown to most pastors just a month ago, but they’ve learned how to minister to […]

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  • Invalid Validation

    I had a meeting over the weekend with a potential new member at the church I pastor, Killian Hill Baptist Church in Lilburn, GA. It wasn’t an ominous meeting. I had reason to hope that this family would lean in and become part of our church family. But I wasn’t sure, and I was nervous. […]

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  • The Blessing of Ordination

    Killian Hill Baptist Church had the distinct privilege of ordaining a man to the gospel ministry last weekend. By God’s grace, we’re going to have several similar opportunities over the next year. It was a great time to reflect on the meaning and importance of ordinations. Here’s a concise summary of what ordination is about. […]

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  • A New Hymn about an Old Promise

    “I will build My church…” (Matthew 16:18) This momentous promise by our Savior is one of my favorite texts of the Scriptures. I’ve prayed it innumerable times, asking the Lord to keep His promise by building the local churches in which I’ve worked, or by blessing the work of our missionaries, or by demonstrating His […]

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  • Introducing “Gospel Meditations for Young Adults”

    Every generation tends to think they have it harder than everyone else. We’ve all heard the joke about how our parents had to walk to school. In the snow. Uphill. Both ways. As the father of four daughters who are now in their teens and twenties, I think I can confidently say that no generation […]

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  • Grow to Shrink

    It’s natural for pastors to equate increasing numbers with ministry success. I’d like to challenge that idea a bit, beginning with an illustration from my own family. This summer I “married off” the oldest of my four daughters. When I finished walking my wife down the aisle, I whispered to her, “We did it.” I […]

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  • Your Church Is God’s Gift to You

    Church life can be messy. Any time you put sinners together—even redeemed sinners—there’s bound to be some friction. Sadly, many churches feel more like a war zone than a refuge. Much of the problem stems from our unwillingness to exercise the undervalued virtue of deference, what Colossians 3:13 calls “bearing with one another.” Conservative Christians […]

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