George Stiekes Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. II Timothy 2:15 Have you ever wondered all that the pastor must do in order to prepare a good sermon?
Volker Stoeckmann I sat listening intently as a middle-aged widow, the mother of four, taught us Bible stories in her broken English. She made the Bible come to life for my impressionable young mind as she pulled figures of Moses, Daniel, Ruth, John the Baptist, and the Christ-child out from the pages of her Bible […]
Bob Jones III When my grandfather was the age I am now and I was a teenager, I heard him speak often about how much older people had to offer the next generation — wisdom, prudence, experience, the benefit of learning from their mistakes. I did not receive his comments with understanding or appreciation. There […]
Jonathan Threlfall My wife Christa and I began serving at our current ministry on June 18, 2008. Shortly after we began, I wrote out five priorities that I believed should guide my ministry as youth pastor. I haven’t perfectly executed these priorities. There are many things I would have done differently or more diligently. […]
Taigen Joos In 2006 an approach to church ministry began to gain popularity. It was called a “two-handed” approach to ministry. One closed hand represented the theology of the church and its grasp of biblical truth and principles. The hand being closed symbolized the non-negotiable aspects of theology. One open hand represented the methodology of […]
J. C. Ryle: Prepared to Stand Alone Iain H. Murray, Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 2016. 259 pgs. Reviewed by Don Johnson Noted biographer Iain Murray brings us another outstanding piece of work in J. C. Ryle: Prepared to Stand Alone. His book is very readable and presents an objective (but warm) account of the […]
Kurt Stephens Any minister of music who could master the question “What are you trying to accomplish?” would truly be successful. Having spent the past eleven years serving as Minister of Music, I can attest that the elements I contribute to my church’s services have been shaped and motivated by many factors. The first of […]
Jerry Sivnksty The Psalmist David declares in Psalm 37:4, “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” My delighting in the Lord should be the testimony and declaration of my ministry. I’m afraid that we get so busy in the ministry that we develop the mentality of […]
Dayton Hobbs Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves” (Matt. 10:16). Jesus gave this instruction and advice to His disciples as He sent them out to minister as “sheep in the midst of wolves” in their generation. He offers this same instruction for those of us who desire to be good disciples […]
Mark Minnick Yesterday’s introduction: Every pastor occasionally feels the need for wise counsel. Unfortunately, he’s not always able to get it from a busy contemporary. But happily I’ve discovered that it’s often available at my leisure on the shelves of my library. For instance, how about an hour or so with John Newton?