Simple encouragement (Peter Mead): In Ephesians 4:29 he urges them not to spray rottenness from their mouths, but rather to only speak words that build up and give grace. Speaking the truth may be challenging, but building up takes it to a higher level again! If this is true for believers in general, then how much more should we heed this as preachers. Preacher, do you encourage? It is strange to take note of how encouragement is missing in a lot of preaching these days. Read more at Biblical Preaching.
Stop comparing yourself to well-known pastors (David Prince): Preacher, you can preach better than John MacArthur, John Piper, David Platt, and H.B. Charles. I wonder if that surprises you? It should not. You can preach better to your flock than any of those world-renowned expositional preachers. If you played their sermons at your church by way of video or hologram, it would be far less effective than the biblically faithful, Christ-centered sermons you preach to your congregation. If this were not true, we should all just get recordings of preachers like D. Martyn Lloyd Jones or Adrian Rogers and sit out with the congregation on Sunday mornings. Read more at DavidPrince.com.
8 reasons leaders should be fasting (Chuck Lawless): Nobody talked to me about fasting until I was in my first pastorate. The fact that many of us have never learned about or emphasized fasting, though, is not positive. Here are some reasons why church leaders ought to be fasting. Read more at ChuckLawless.com.
Leadership with our words (Chuck Lawless): Leadership is obviously more than words, but Christian leadership cannot be separated from our words. Gospel leadership is leadership through proclamation of the Word. We speak the gospel to individuals, teaching them of their need for a Savior who loves them. We announce that message to congregations that gather to hear a word from God. Read more at ChuckLawless.com.
Monday questions for church leadership (Chuck Lawless): It’s Monday, and many of us served this past weekend in a leadership role in a congregation where God has placed us. As we begin this week, here are some questions each of us might consider from yesterday. Read more at ChuckLawless.com.
5 things a leader worth following always gets right (Carey Nieuwhof): The longer I lead and the more I see, the more I’m convinced that character ultimately determines a leader’s true success. Moral failure takes out more leaders than it should. But real success is deeper than just avoiding the ditch. So where does the deepest level of leadership success come from? Ultimately it doesn’t come from a leader’s skill set; it comes from a leader’s character. Your character determines your true capacity. Why is that? Read more at CareyNieuwhof.com.
We dare not ignore the devil (Jon Bloom): What do we think of what God has to say about the existence and activity of devils in Scripture? How seriously do we take what he says — not just in creed but in deed? How much does a conscious awareness of spiritual warfare functionally factor into our daily life? How does it affect how we pray? How does it inform the ways we see our areas of chronic temptation, fears, family dynamics, church conflicts, physical and mental illnesses, inhibited gospel fruitfulness, geopolitical events? What kinds of strategic spiritual action do we take in response to these things? Read more at Desiring God.
Don’t give up on our friend coming to faith (J.D. Greear): Never, ever give up on the people you’re praying will start walking with Jesus. Even after facing rejection after rejection from the Jewish people, the Apostle Paul never gives up hope that his Israelite friends can be saved. Read more at JDGreear.com.
Churches and conflicts (Peter Adam): Why are churches, new and old, conflict-prone? Why is your church conflict-prone? There are a number of reasons the author gives some that might seem surprising. Read more at The Gospel Coalition Australia.
Joy’s eternal sunrise: Why heaven will never be boring (Sam Storms): Our experience of joyful satisfaction in God will suffer from no limitations, and none will fathom the depths of our delight. Read more at Desiring God.
What does hell say about God? The truth many cannot bear to hear (Greg Morse): When we consider the story of eternity, we must silence that carnal protest that throws God in the dock to give his defense before our felt sensibilities. He is the potter; we are the clay. He is all-wise; we are all-foolish, apart from him. He is the Judge of the world; he will surely do right. And right includes hell; the casting of Sauron and his orcs into the utter darkness of Mount Doom. In so doing, he communicates the full range of his power and glory to his people, the full loveliness of his Son, and the perfect harmony of his purpose and plan — of which the redeemed will not detect a single off-note. Read more at Desiring God.
Six reasons Romans 7 is written from the perspective of a post-conversion Christian (Derek J. Brown): This is always an ongoing debate but here are some reasons why this author sees Paul describing his spiritual life after conversion. Read more at Southern Equip.