Saturday Links

Links for your weekend reading:

Gospel Clarity vs. “The Fog”

The only hope for any church, at any time in history and in any part of the world, to become vibrant is to escape from “the fog” and move to “gospel clarity.”

Is it Okay for Me to Church Hop?

Church hopping is like family hopping. It’s just a terrible idea for both you and the family of God.

One Sentence That Pastors and Church Staff Hate to Hear

It is the one sentence that is uniformly dreaded by pastors and church staff. It typically begins with these words...

The Dirty Secrets of Church Planting — Part 1 and Part 2

Let's take off our rose colored glasses. There are some things we need to talk about.

An Open Letter to the Dad Doing Porn

You may think that this effects only you, or even your and mom’s relationships. But it has had a profound impact on me and all of my siblings as well.

Is it Ridiculous to Believe in a Literal Adam and Eve?

If your objection to the scriptural worldview is, “It sounds too unlike reality to be true,”, then you’ll need to apply that same logic to ANY story of beginnings – which, of course, leaves none left.

You

To fulfill your destiny, you don’t need to mimic someone else’s identity, someone who seems to matter more than you do. The you that you are by creation and redemption in Christ – that basic you is not fundamentally a problem; that you is fundamentally a strategy.

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Let's Talk about Moralistic Therapeutic Deism

It has nothing to do with biblical Christianity. It's not in the Bible. Jesus didn't teach it. Paul wouldn't recognize it.

And yet it calls itself Christianity and it's taught every Sunday by pastors in church buildings all over the place.

What Is Evangelism?

I'm more confident than ever that I not only can but must share the good news with those around me.

So what’s changed? Why am I, a spectacular "failure" as an evangelist not discouraged?

Because I finally learned what evangelism truly is—and the good news about its results.

The Legacy of a Disciple-Maker

For the next year and a half, David poured into me. He taught me the importance of sharing life stories, hunting one other’s sin, and giving each other grace.

Four Ways Generosity Benefits Us

By God’s grace, it’s not only others who benefit when we give. Here are just four of the many benefits we receive when we choose generosity.

The Benefits of Sitting Under Expository Preaching

Consider a few benefits from sitting under regular expository preaching.

How To Build A Church Planting Team

A good planter and revitaliser will have to be a first rate communicator. They must be able to explain the their vision, excite and stimulate people and incentivise them to join his team. A good leader will need to communicate the following in the early days...

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The Missionary Life: No Shortcuts

What would you say to a budding missionary candidate? There has been a surge of young adults in recent years who have landed on the field, enthusiastic to redeem the city and bring justice to the oppressed. But they do not stay longer than two years due to exhaustion, dejection, and even loss of faith.

12 Keys for Successfully Starting Something New

Are you starting a new organization? A Church Planter? Entrepreneur? Involved in a small organization just getting started?

Here are some tips for getting started.

7 Attributes for a Pastor Wanting to do Church Revitalization

I’ve learned there are some commonalities among pastors who can successfully revitalize an established church.

Here are 7 attributes of pastors who do church revitalization...

Testing Leadership Ambition

I want to suggest three ways that we can test our ambition and two ways that we can be presently faithful while ambitiously pursuing future possibilities.

On Stewarding Technology Well

Below are some considerations and conclusions based on my own personal examination. This is slanted towards pastoral ministry but not limited to it.

The Real Reasons Young Adults Drop Out of Church

Despite all the fear driven presentations you’ve heard, not every young person is walking out of the church the moment they finish high school and never coming back.

Here’s what you need to know. The young adults who do drop out of church often lack a first-hand faith—a faith of their own—and a relationship with Christ that matters deeply in their own personal life apart from their parent’s pressure.

Themelios 39.3

The Gospel Coalition just released the latest issue of Themelios, which has 221 pages of articles and book reviews. It is freely available in three different formats.

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Needed: Pastor-Mentors for Emerging Ministers

Of all vocations, surely the gospel ministry is the one whose paradigm is most radically formed by the dynamics of godly mentorship.

The Dangerous Task of Expository Preaching

The demands and benefits of expository preaching far outweigh our reluctance. Therefore, give yourself to the dangerous task of expository preaching.

3 Reasons to Plant in Highly-Churched Areas

There is room in every context for multiple churches, using several models, all proclaiming the unmatched name of Christ.

The gain of pain: Suffering as preparation for ministry

As I trace the biblical narratives – over and over again – it is the tools of pain and suffering that God primarily uses, to prepare His truly great ministers for truly great tasks of ministry.

Write More Better: a new eBook on writing well

If you’re in the same boat I was a few years ago, or are just looking for some advice on how to write well, this book is for you.

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7 Words of Encouragement in Church Revitalization

The work of revitalization is similar to church planting. We are starting some things new. We are building momentum around a vision. We are constantly looking for new leaders. But, its also incredibly different. There are unique challenges in church revitalization. As I’m learning things, I’m trying to pass them along.

Five Reasons Why Millennials Do Not Want to Be Pastors or Staff in Established Churches

My plea to Millennials is not to abandon established churches. Not all of them are as bad as many think. Consider yourself to be a part of the solution.

Tim Keller’s New Lectures on Preaching

Tim Keller is currently writing a much anticipated book on preaching, planned for release sometime in 2015. Last week he offered a taste of what’s to come in four new lectures delivered at the 2014 John Reed Miller Lectures on Preaching at RTS Jackson (November 11–13).

Time Assets vs. Time Debts: A Different Way of Thinking About Productivity

Time Debts need to be paid. Be careful how you choose them. Time Assets pay you over and over again. Spend more time creating them.

Marryin' & Buryin': How Much Should I Pay the Pastor?

I'll try to answer some questions you might have about the odd strange world of "honorariums" and "love offerings".