The Way Home featuring Christian George

What shaped Charles Spurgeon's early ministry? Christian George joins me to talk about a recently discovered trove of Spurgon sermons. George, curator of the Spurgeon Library at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, is the world's foremost Charles Spurgeon scholar. On this episode we discuss Spurgeon's preaching style, his prolific output, and what he would say to young pastors today. [powerpress] Show Notes Twitter: @_ChristanGeorge Website: center.spurgeon.org ...

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The Way Home featuring Eric Geiger

What does spiritual leadership look like? We ask Eric Geiger, the vice-president of church resources at LifeWay Christian Resources. He is also the senior pastor of Clearview Baptist Church in the Nashville area. Eric is the author of a brand new book, Designed to Lead: The Church and Leadership Development coauthored with Kevin Peck, from Austin Stone Church. Eric and me discuss the difference between leadership and shepherding, why the church should be the locus for leadership, and what is on his reading list.   [powerpress] Show Notes Twitter: @EricGeiger Website: ericgeiger.com Book: Designed to Lead: The Church and Leadership Development ...

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How Pastors Can Help Their People Find Their Calling

I remember sitting in church hearing sermon after sermon on the importance of giving it all up to serve God. These were great convicting sermons God used to melt my heart toward him. But I never knew exactly what God’s will looked like, specifically. Did it mean leaving it all behind to go to the mission field? Did it mean surrounding to so-called full-time ministry? Could non-professional ministry types possibly be doing God’s will in the “secular” culture? It wasn’t until much later, after studying Scripture and reading some helpful books such as Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung and Work Matters by Tom Nelson that I grasped a full-orbed theology of vocation. The truth is that calling is not restricted to those receiving a paycheck from a Christian organization. And as a pastor, I’ve seen the vital importance of teaching this to our people, most of whom will enter the workplace...

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Shepherding the Flock: A Conversation About Pastoral Ministry and Cultural Engagement

At the 2016 ERLC National Conference: Onward, I sat down with David Prince, Robby Gallaty, Jimmy Scroggins, and Bryan Loritts to discuss pastoral ministry and cultural engagement.  I asked Bryan Loritts, “Do you feel that many churches, by being afraid of speaking on cultural issues, have seeded authority in many ways to other voices in the culture?” He responded saying, “Absolutely. I think many of our preachers and pastors lack prophetic courage, and I think that if the gospel we preach does not have what my grandma called “shoe leather” and it is not portable, and we can’t take the timeless truths of what happened in Jerusalem and connect it to a Baton Rouge, Dallas, or whatever our context may be, then we are going to look at people who are going to be discipled more by CNN and Fox News than by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.” Watch the rest of...

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