September 22, 2017

Sunday school vs. Small Groups

Don Johnson A recent blog opened with this shocking statement (shocking to some, at least): This fall we are going to do something that will seem crazy to many. We are going from a small group model to a Sunday school model (under a different name). Most church growth material over the past 20 years […]

Lord, Help Me

Matt Recker Mark 9:14-29 We do well to never minimize the reality of the devil, his demons, and their work in the world at any time. Today the troubled son in our passage might be considered epileptic, Jesus diagnosed this man’s manic manners as a demonic disorder. We can be sure that Satan still seizes […]

The “Two Hands” of Ministry

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 […]

Setting Priorities in Small Church Ministry

Don Johnson One reader sent us a note concerning this series of articles. With her permission, I am going to quote from her note in this article (and one other) to further the theme of small church ministry. In particular, today I’d like to talk about setting priorities in the small church.

Would You Like Some Wise Counsel? (2)

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?

Would You Like Some Wise Counsel? (1)

Mark Minnick 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?

Preparing to Speak for God

Richard Flanders “And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them” (Ezek. 3:4). Nearly every Christian will have an opportunity to speak for God in one situation or another. Even those without a special calling to the professional ministry will be […]

Around the Web–10/29/12

Deuteronomy’s Riches: A Conversation with Ajith Fernando As a follow up on my series on sanctification, this interview brings some further emphasis on holiness and obedience that is often dismissed in the current climate. 5 of the most difficult challenges pastors face Thom S. Rainer Interesting article, especially the one about the challenge of preaching […]

You Get Out and Stand in the Rain

Mark Minnick Our homiletics professor caught everyone offguard with his question: “What would you do if you had been invited to speak at a country church and upon arriving early found that no one was there yet except one young woman who was standing outside the locked building in the rain?” Then he sharpened the […]

Choosing the Good Part

Don Johnson Luke 10.38-42 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. 40 But Martha was cumbered about much […]