On Making a Minister

“None but He who made the world can make a Minister of the Gospel.” –John Newton, clergyman and author of the hymn “Amazing Grace”


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On Singular Ambition

“I would rather win souls than be the greatest king or emperor on earth; I would rather win souls than be the greatest general that ever commanded an army; I would rather win souls than be the greatest poet, or novelist, or literary man who ever walked the earth. My one ambition in life is to win as many as possible.” -R.A. Torrey, American evangelist  


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LAST CHANCE – 7 Secrets to Thriving on a Church Staff

If you’re looking to expand your influence as a staff pastor, I have exciting news for you! Over the past week, my team released a brand new resource just for staff members where you will discover the 7 most important principles to reigniting your passion for your church and your ministry and increasing your value and effectiveness to the rest … Read More


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Top 50 Worst Countries for Christians

Today’s guest blog comes to us from Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra for Christianity Today. 2014 was the world’s worst year for the persecution of Christians in the modern era. Until 2015 surpassed it. The 2016 World Watch List (WWL) from Open Doors analyzes how African countries now outnumber Mideast countries on the list, affecting far more Christians numerically (though not as severely). Christian … Read More


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Remembering Study Bible Scholar Charles C. Ryrie (1925-2016)

Today’s guest post comes to us from David S. Dockery for Baptist Press News. David is the president of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Earlier this week I heard the news that Charles Caldwell Ryrie, well-known evangelical and baptistic theologian and longtime faculty member at Dallas Theological Seminary, had passed from this life into the presence of Christ (Philippians … Read More


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Avoiding Burnout

Today’s guest blog comes to us from Matt Perman for Christianity Today/Leadership Journal. Matt is former director of strategy at Desiring God and is author of the new book What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way. I know a pastor whose congregation expected him to treat his email like the phone, constantly monitoring it and responding immediately whenever something … Read More


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