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  • What Should a Pastor Long to Hear after Conducting a Funeral?

    Brian Croft
    What Should a Pastor Long to Hear after Conducting a Funeral? I am often given the opportunity to preach funerals where I do not know the deceased or their family. This was one of those occasions. I preached a funeral of an unbeliever with many other unbelievers present.
  • Can a Church with No Extra Money Have a Pastoral Internship?

    Brian Croft
    Can a Church with No Extra Money Have a Pastoral Internship? Yes, you can! In fact, we have done so for almost a decade without a dime in the budget going to it. Here are some of the details of our pastoral internship, with hopes it will help you see you can design something similar.
  • Surviving Seminary as a Family: The Wife’s Perspective

    Theologically Driven
    Surviving Seminary as a Family: The Wife’s Perspective The seminary years were a blessing from God that we would never trade. Like every situation in life there were challenges (and much of what I share below is not unique to seminary couples), but seminary brought specific demands and opportunities to our family that are not shared by all couples.
  • Surviving Seminary as a Family: The Husband’s Perspective

    Theologically Driven
    Surviving Seminary as a Family: The Husband’s Perspective Since my wife and I are seminary survivors that still occasionally hold hands in public, we are sometimes asked, “How did you do it?” Or “How did you survive the seminary experience?”
  • Depression and the Ministry: The Need for Wise Disclosure

    Association of Biblical Counselors
    Depression and the Ministry: The Need for Wise Disclosure If a pastor has struggled with depression in the past, how much of this should he share. There are no simple answers, but these points may help shape a wise decision.
  • Why Do Modern Christians Rarely Talk about Rewards in Heaven?

    Michael J. Kruger
    Why Do Modern Christians Rarely Talk about Rewards in Heaven? When is the last time you heard a sermon that suggested that a motive for our obedience should be the rewards we receive in heaven? I imagine for most of us it has been a long time, maybe even never.
  • Learning to Lead

    Rick Whitter
    Learning to Lead All of us are leaders. That simply means that someone is looking up to you, following you, watching you as an example. So, how do we learn leadership?
  • Preparing to Preach Ecclesiastes

    Philip Nation
    Preparing to Preach Ecclesiastes To help anyone else out there who is contemplating preaching through Ecclesiastes, I thought I would share the list of resources I plan to use.
  • Sermon Illustrations for Thanksgiving

    Inside BST
    Sermon Illustrations for Thanksgiving Our site features a number of free illustrations to help pastors prepare for sermons. Here are a few to finish off that Thanksgiving sermon.
  • What Produces a Powerful Sermon?

    Brian Croft
    What Produces a Powerful Sermon? I want to mention one answer that is commonly overlooked when considering the power of preaching and what produces a moving sermon preached that brings spiritual fruit from God.
  • How the Scandal of Preaching Will Reach Our Postmodern World

    Michael J. Kruger
     How the Scandal of Preaching Will Reach Our Postmodern World So, how do we break into the lives of people who are immersed in this postmodern reality? How do we reach them for the gospel? Do we offer therapeutic entertainment to draw them in? Nope. Instead, we do the unthinkable in our modern age. We preach.
  • Collaborate or Die

    Rick Whitter
    Collaborate or Die God has decided to reveal His plans to people. He usually selects a leader and fills his head with lots of ideas. But rarely do his plans involve only one person. God designed us to collaborate with others while we fulfill His plans.
  • Calvin the Preacher

    Theologically Driven
    Calvin the Preacher As a theologian Calvin stood without peer in his day, and as an exegete Calvin was arguably ahead of his time. But above all else, Calvin was a pastor, and therefore, he was a preacher.
  • The Gospel in Galatians: By Grace Alone

    Sacra Script Ministries
    The Gospel in Galatians: By Grace Alone Christians affirm that salvation comes from God alone, but too often our daily walk suggests his gift is incomplete until we step in. This is an old problem, which the letter of Galatians dealt with a long time ago.
  • Minister of the Word

    Jason C. Meyer
    Minister of the Word The preacher gives a human voice to the divine word so that others will hear from God.
  • How I Prepare a Sermon Message

    Ron Edmondson
    How I Prepare a Sermon Message I frequently get asked the same two questions about my message preparation: How long does it take? How do you go about putting a message together?
  • Can You Please Explain Philippians 1:15-18?

    Can You Please Explain Philippians 1:15-18? The overarching point of this passage is that God, in his gracious sovereignty, turns even prison and bad motives into the advancement of the gospel.
  • 5 Steps in Planting a Church or Launching a New Ministry

    Ron Edmondson
    5 Steps in Planting a Church or Launching a New Ministry Having planted two churches and after helping numerous non-profit ministries see their start, I’ve learned a few things, many of which I write about here. I’ve also learned there are a few common steps in a successful launch.
  • 5 Ways to Fight Insecurity as a Pastor or Leader

    Ron Edmondson
    5 Ways to Fight Insecurity as a Pastor or Leader What’s the best way to deal with insecurity in leadership? Here are 5 ways to deal with insecurity as a pastor or leader.
  • How Pastors Can Keep from Losing Heart, Part 2: Preaching the Gospel

    Founders Ministries Blog
    How Pastors Can Keep from Losing Heart, Part 2: Preaching the Gospel Mercy received enabled Paul to trust God's method of bringing the same message of mercy to others: preaching the gospel.