From the Pen of Pastor Paul

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As a pastor, commentaries are a vital aspect to our ministry. And there is no shortage of commentaries out there. There are technical commentaries, digging into every single Greek or Hebrew word, spending page upon page discussing the various minutia of a single word or phrase. There are pastoral commentaries,

Mea Culpa

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Mea Culpa — My bad. My fault. These are some hard words to say, aren’t they? Not many of us like to admit our faults, confess that we were wrong, let alone “learn from our mistakes.” Especially in ministry. Who among us wants to admit that we were prideful, arrogant, theological

Get Your Story Straight

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Everyone has a story, but not everyone has their story straight. Every single one of us has a story that helps us to make sense of our life. What if your individual story, though, is not the primary story that you should be looking to in order to find

The New Pastor’s Handbook

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As pastors, we’ve all been there … Somewhere in the second or third week you begin to experience a little panic. You come to the jarring conclusion that you are not quite the “Master of Divinity” your diploma says you are. Pastoral ministry is a high calling, rewarding, and

The End of Me

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I must admit: When I first received Kyle Idleman’s new book, The End of Me, to review, I was a bit hesitant? Why, you may ask? Simply put, Idleman is the teaching pastor of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY, a church that is the 7th largest in the U.S.,

The Grounds of Your Assurance before God

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D.A. Carson, President of The Gospel Coalition, looks at the story of the Passover in Exodus and beautifully reminds us of what is the ground of all human assurance — not the strength of our faith, but the object of our faith. Amen … preach it Dr. Carson! I have no

Uncensored

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Are you embarrassed by the Bible? Most of us would instinctively answer that question with a resounding, “NO!” But what if we think about the question a little more, a little deeper. Functionally, does your refusal to talk about certain texts or particular doctrines that the Bible addresses show

How Do You Feel?

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What is most important to you as you make your way to Church and prepare to worship the Lord? How you feel or What you know? I must say that a large majority of our modern worship music is primarily based on feeling and emotion, not on the veritable

2015 Books Read

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It was a pretty good year of reading for me — 37 books read. Many were to review; a few were not. Below is my list of books read in 2015, including a link to my review of the book if applicable, in (general) order that they were read.

2016 Reading Challenge

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Perhaps you’ve seen it by now, but in case you haven’t, Tim Challies, the “godfather” of Christian blogging, has issued a reading challenge for 2016. And I’m accepting the challenge. There are a few things that I love about this challenge: (1) It causes you to expand your reading. We