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The Pastor as Shepherd

This was origionally posted at For The Church.

The imagery of shepherd is intimately tied to pastoral ministry. In fact, some would argue that the metaphor of shepherding is the primary picture from which we should develop our understanding of pastoral leadership (See Tim Laniak’s… 693 more words


I Am The Bread Of Life

Yesterday I preached my first sermon as the senior pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Apex, NC (you can watch the sermon here). We began a new series examining the “I Am” statements in the gospel of John. 575 more words


The Church Needs Pastors Who Will Study (Reading Notes)

“The Church is in urgent need of shepherds and teachers who will study. The pressures and pace of contemporary life make that an increasingly difficult goal to achieve.

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Church Isn't Just For Sunday

“Many Christians have unwittingly embraced the idea that “church” is a once-a-week event rather than a community of Spirit-empowered people; that “ministry” is what pastors do on Sundays rather than the 24/7 calling of all believers; and that “discipleship” is a program rather than the normal state of every follower of Jesus.” 13 more words


Learning to Love the Detour

Growing up in Chicago, I learned to hate detours. With highways already jam-packed 24/7, a detour just meant another 2 hours out of the way, often in directions that felt like they were taking you further away from where you wanted to be rather that toward it. 977 more words

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The Bible and Spiritual Formation

This blog was origionally posted at The Gospel Project.

Bible Reading and Spiritual Formation

We consume countless messages day in and day out. It has been estimated that the average American is exposed to more than 5,000 marketing messages a day—most of them involuntary. 1,113 more words


Pastors As Servants (Reading Notes)

“Our goal is not empire building. Although all called to serve our Lord Jesus Christ would accept that, it is easy nevertheless to err in this respect through lack of personal watchfulness.

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