Does God Really Care Who Wins or Loses?

Stop me if you’ve heard it before—Does God really care who wins or loses a football game? He absolutely does. In a sense. In the first of Paul’s letters to the Corinthians, as metaphors for spiritual disciplines, he uses three of the five sports played in the Isthmian games (an olympic-like competition competed in every two […]

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Ministering to a Missionary Family on Home Assignment

Editor’s note: This post is the second in a two-part series dealing with how a local church can minister to a missionary’s family. In the previous post in the series, we looked at how the local church can fulfill this ministry while the missionary is serving on the field. Today, we will consider how the […]

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What is the Pastor’s Ministry?

I mean, really. What is the Pastor’s Ministry? Have you ever stopped to think about it? Pastors and non-pastors alike have formulated an idea over time that may or may not be biblical, depending on both past and current experiences. The question has been around since Acts chapter six when the Greeks thought that the […]

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How Can the Local Church Minister to a Missionary’s Family?

Editor’s note: This post is the first in a two-part series that will deal with how a local church can minister to a missionary’s family. Today we will look at how the local church can fulfill this ministry while the missionary is serving on the field. In the next post, we will consider how the […]

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Why Should I Go on a Short-term Mission Trip

You may have been there before. The pastor begins closing the Sunday morning service by giving a few reminders just before he wishes everyone a wonderful week. He talks about the upcoming men’s fellowship, about the need for Vacation Bible School workers, about Mom’s Day Out and then about the annual mission trip. It’s probably […]

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Book Review: I Will

It’s what Thom Rainer does. He makes sense. In a world that is constantly failing a basic orientation class and being led by a compass that seems to point anywhere but north, Rainer’s latest book spins the compass back where it needs to be. Without any desire on my part to be condescending, the book […]

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Dear Oldest Daughter, Hold on to Your Passion

So let’s do this. It’s a whole lot easier for me to write it instead of say it. With you. With Momma I can just say it, but with you it’s different. You like to read, and I like to write. That’s our thing right? Written words connect us and DNA too. There’ll always be […]

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Two Great Reasons Why We Should Love More

We’ve got a beautiful pure bred black lab named Crimson. She’s jet black so don’t let her name fool you. When we bought her, we lived in a house with a huge yard for Portuguese standards. We had twenty-two fruit trees and were surrounded by vineyards. When Crimson was just a puppy the weather at […]

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I never expected him to hang up

I never expected him to hang up on me. When it happened I just sat there for a minute, stunned. A pastor, with decades of experience in the ministry who I respected and considered a friend, had effectively severed our relationship. It was done, and I couldn’t believe it. Our relationship had just flatlined. All […]

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Why You Need to Start Digging Deep

Two metaphorical men. Two construction methodologies. One builds on the rock, and the other builds on the sand. One house stands firm. The flood rains quickly sweep away the other. One home is preserved. The other is totally destroyed. Jesus gave us this allegory in the book of Luke, and we’ve done a wonderful job […]

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