5 Myths About Spiritual Depth

All Christians want "depth" in the preaching they hear, the books they read, the Bible studies they attend. I've never once heard a Christian say to me, "I just wish I could get more shallow preaching." But what exactly is "depth"? It's a nebulous term that almost nobody knows how to define. "Give me the deep stuff, pastor," I hear. Does that mean he wants a series on systematic theology or an exegesis of the culture of the ancient near-east in Genesis or does it mean a more nuanced application to daily life? It's good to want depth. The writer of Hebrews (Hebrews 5:12) called out his hearers for not being teachers, for continuing to ask the same questions they had years before. At this point in their journey they should have been chewing on the meatier passages of the Word rather than continuing the lazy intake of spiritual milk. So depth...

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Five Resolutions for a Christian Communicator

I've been thinking a lot lately about the calling of a Christian communicator. This could be your duties as a writer, wither blogs or books or articles. Or it could be your task as a preacher or teacher, whither in small group, pulpit ministry, or classroom. To communicate the truth of the good news of the gospel, in any form, is a high privilege and a sober calling. I'm always mindful of James 3, which outlines the seriousness of the calling and the negative and positive effect of the words we craft. So I came up with five resolutions that we might consider: 1) I will communicate well to serve others, even if I never become famous. To seek a wider audience is not wrong. Ambition, properly exercised under the Lordship of Christ, is not evil and is good. But it may be God's will that my books never reach the NYT bestseller list....

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Speaking Engagements This Week

This weekend I'm headed out of town for a week of speaking in Kentucky and Michigan: On Friday and Saturday, I'll be in Elizabethtown, KY speaking at the Kentucky Christian Writer's Conference. I'll be speaking on two topics: "Blogging the Good News" and "Cheap and Free Ways to Market Your Book." I'll be the guest preacher on Sunday morning at Byron Center Bible Church in Byron Center, Michigan (Grand Rapids area). My good friend, Dr. Rich McCarrell is the Senior Pastor ...

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Guest Post – 5 Reasons We Need Difficult People

Today, I'm honored to feature a guest post from my friend, Dave Jenkins, director of Servants of Grace Ministries.    Dealing with difficult people in a Christ-like manner maybe one of the most difficult ways to live out the gospel. Difficult, because this requires patience, a character trait even the most mature Christians struggle to display. It has been said that if you pray for patience, God will indulge you with opportunities to develop it. One of his mysterious ways is the sovereign placement of difficult people. These are the folks that only serve to annoy and frustrate. Everyone has a few of these folks in their lives and sometimes we serve that role in the live of others. If we choose, we can view difficult people as a problem or we can view them as the God’s sandpaper for polishing our rough and sinful edges. I’ve found five observations about dealing with difficult people: 1)  Dealing...

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