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What Hath the State to do with Missions?


Missions is on my mind. A lot. Not just because I am a Pastor, although this surely does drive me to pray over and ponder missions more often than I might otherwise. But, primarily, missions stays on my mind because I am a Christian. To be a Christian is to desire to have the very heart of God for this world. And God’s heart is a missionary heart, if ever there wa...

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The Ecclesiology of Slander And Gossip


What is it about us human beings that we simply cannot seem to resist talking about other people? ...

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Courageous Confession


We’ve all been there. Cringing as we hear someone in church sharing a testimony that just gets way too specific about one’s pre-conversion past, or even one’s so-called “backsliding.” It sounds dangerously close to glorifying the sin. At best we might be thinking TMI (to use textese, a language I do not actually speak). At worst, we are covering our children’s ...

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Consecrated Courage: Remembering Brother Joe Nichols


On March 12, 2022, our Lord and Savior called one of His servants home to heaven. That servant was Joe Nichols. A devoted husband to Leola (March 17th would have been their 57th anniversary). A strong Dad, Papaw, and Great-Granddaddy. A servant in Corydon Baptist Church and the Southeast Indiana region for many decades. To say Joe had a servant’s heart is to vastly unde...

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Preparing for the Worship Gathering


I recently read this blog post by Dr. Chuck Lawless. While I certainly cannot improve upon the 10 Questions given to us by Dr. Lawless, I want to come at it from a slightly different angle. Tom Ascol of Founders Ministries has often said that Christians should find a healthy New Testament Church then build their lives around it. I heartily concur. ...

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Christ Outside the Church


“Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20). This has always been one of the most disturbing verses in the Bible to me. It disturbs me for three main reasons. ...

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COVID-19 and ROMANS 14


We are changed. All of us. Changed. You might think I am referring to the miracle of the new birth in Christ Jesus. And indeed, every Christian has been and is being and shall be changed! But I am actually referring to the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had upon us. It has changed us. Some more than others. But changed we are, every single one of us. In some ways, for g...

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Pastor Appreciation Month is Not Working!


Yes, it feels really weird to be writing this blog post. After all, I am a pastor. But I am convinced this post, and others like it, are critically important for churches today. Rather than try and say all I want to say, I think I will simply let well-known pastor, Thabiti Anyabwile, say it for me (DON'T MAKE YOUR PASTOR A STATISTIC). And my conclusion is that for all t...

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10 Ways to Discourage Your Pastor


Every pastor I have ever known has experienced discouragement. And many of the "great" preachers / pastors in church history have battled seasons of depression and melancholy. Spurgeon being the classic example here. We pastors are human and our calling baptizes us daily in trench spiritual warfare. Sometimes our discouragement is unwarranted. A pity party for which we mu...

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