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Revitalize

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I first heard of Andrew Davis about 8 years ago when I stumbled across his guide to extended Scripture memory. I knew very little of him then, but I was greatly helped by this excellent resource. Then, a few years ago, I read Davis’ book on discipleship and sanctification — An Infinite

No Little Women

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In 2 Timothy 3:6, Paul warns Timothy about false teachers that will come and “creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.” Literally translated, Paul says that these

Don’t Fire Your Church Members

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Jonathan Leeman’s new book, Don’t Fire Your Church Members, very well may be my favorite title for a book that I’ve read this year. I was instantly intrigued to read what he was going to say, and what the book was about. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint. About

Why Bother With Church?

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Why Bother with Church? Have you every asked this question? Honestly? Why bother with the church? Why is it important? Can’t I just do this whole Christian thing on my own? Perhaps you haven’t, and if so, amen! Or perhaps you’re among the rest of the majority who has

Proof Pirates

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I have to admit something — I often get quite frustrated with many children’s ministry curriculum and studies. At best, I find many of them to be shallow and only slightly connected to the full story of the Gospel and how the Gospel is for both unbelievers (justification) and believers

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

Youth Ministry In The 21st Century

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As you may know, I am a youth pastor, which means that the Lord has given me the privilege of ministering to a group of bright, knowledgable, confused, hormonal, and impressionable people known as teenagers. As we find ourselves ministering to this group of people in such a different

Biblical Counseling and the Church

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Review By: Kevin Hurt Why This Book? As one who has pastored the same church for the past 27 years — with the goal of making God’s sufficient Word applicable to the day-to-day real-life circumstances people find themselves facing — and as a certified Biblical Counselor with the International

The Pastor As Public Theologian

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Review by Jim Anderson Not long ago I had a conversation with a member of the Pastoral Search Committee of one of the largest churches in my area. I asked him what they were looking for in a pastor. Much to my dismay, his answer was very disappointing. As he

Baptist Foundations

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How should the local church be structured? Has God given us a blueprint in the pages of Scripture that we are to follow, or has He left it up to us to decide what we think works best? Is there even such a thing as a correct polity, or form of