I recently read a book that had a profound impact on my understanding of Christ's heart for his people. The book was well received by most evangelicals with the exception of one group. This group’s review, in my opinion, was unnecessarily critical. Sadly, they are becoming known for their critical spirit toward anyone not associated [...]
Brothers, We Are Not Charles Spurgeon
I have been reading two classic books this month. One is D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ Preaching and Preachers, the other, John Piper’s Brothers, We Are Not Professionals. Both are having a profound affect on my thinking about pastoral ministry. My thoughts below were inspired by these two books. I could have chosen any number of pastoral [...]
Don’t Underestimate the Value of Rest
7 Reasons Why Your Church Needs a Vision and Mission Statement
I just finished drafting a vision and mission statement for a church I’m praying about planting. Some of you may wonder why such a statement is necessary. I believe both vision and mission statements are important for the following reasons. 1. They provide direction. Suppose you are planning a trip across the United States to [...]
Is Church Planting Still Necessary?
Church planting has been extremely popular in recent years. Many conferences and organizations have been created to accommodate the growing interest in the subject. If you Google the term, you’ll be given more information than you can digest. Networks and agencies such as ARC, Acts 29, and NAMB have planted thousands of churches since their [...]