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The One Thing


This is a blog for pastors and ministry leaders. It’s meant to be an open-hearted conversation about things pastors think and feel—hopefully a place to read and say, “Someone else experiences that, too.” With all the feedback and constant conversation pastors hear, we can start to feel a lot of dissonance about which priority must endure.… Read More »

Two Old Ladies, Greg Laurie and the National Day of Prayer


It’s the National Day of Prayer, and our country and its president have never needed our prayers more. Please pray for my friend @GregLaurie, and for his courageous stand in the face of intimidation not to pray before the nation at this event in Washington.… Read More »

My Resignation


I wanted to wait until we returned from the Holy Land to make my decision public. I am officially announcing my resignation today from a job I have long held, and frequently done very poorly. I am not sure how I got into this profession.… Read More »

Vertical Purpose Leads to Horizontal Effectiveness


My Wednesday post on how the glory of God is the only fire that can sustain evangelistic zeal in local church ministry, may seem a very indirect evangelistic approach to you. If you believe intentional evangelism is what reaches people, you may find it hard to accept what I am writing.… Read More »

The Most Destructive Error in the Church


Soteriology is a word that comes from the Greek word soterios, which means “to save.” Doxology comes from the Greek word for glory and names the single stanza hymn. While many have heard the Westminster Confession that “the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever,” fewer have understood that doxology is the highest purpose for church.… Read More »

Sadness and Madness


Thank God for Rick and Kay Warren, and for Keith and Beth Moore. Beth says it better than I could, so let this woman of God be heard…”Sadness and Madness“ FG_AUTHORS: James MacDonald Read more… Read More »

Why Am I Struggling Spiritually?

In John 9, the disciples wanted to debate with Jesus about the source of a man’s blindness—when Jesus saw him much differently. Not as an issue to discuss, but as a person to help. Why do some Christians see everything so differently?… Read More »

Things to Think about During Holy Week

This is Holy Week. And with the outpouring of ministry that will accompany it among our churches, I want to take a few minutes encourage my fellow pastors as we prepare for its significance. (Please open the article to see the flash file or player.) Visit Download the videos Download the devotionals FG_AUTHORS: James MacDonald… This is Holy Week.… Read More »

Prioritize the Word of Truth


I love this: “accurately handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). When I was a kid, I memorized this verse in the King James Version as “rightly dividing the word of truth.” Actually, in the original Greek there’s just one word.… Read More »

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