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Lead With Clear Vision

September 13, 2010 — 2 Comments

The Gospel Alliance recently interviewed Justin Buzzard and asked a great question about pastoral leadership.

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One of the more important truths I’ve been learning over the past several years is that the Gospel isn’t just for unbelievers. It’s something that I, as a believer, need to be reminded of every day.

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I came across a short video in which Ligon Duncan explains how, as a busy pastor, he finds rest and refreshment in the Lord’s Day.

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There’s something the church is called to do that no one else will do for us: preach the gospel. Since no one else will engage in this activity we must guard against the subtle temptation to allow other noble, yet less important endeavors to occupy too much of our congregations’ time and energy. The verbal proclamation of the gospel must be top priority. Faithfulness to our calling demands nothing less.

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I was recently asked what advice on prayer I would give to a stay-at-home mom with several young children. This mom wants to have a healthy prayer life, but feels overwhelmed with all of her other responsibilities and doesn’t know how to get started. Here’s what I said.

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Two Kingdoms

August 21, 2010 — Leave a comment

My wife and I met with several friends last evening to discuss the doctrine of the two kingdoms and some of its implications for congregations and individual Christians.

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Logos 4 Mac

August 21, 2010 — Leave a comment

The release version of Logos 4 Mac will be available in October. They’re putting on a great giveaway with prizes including Macs, iPads, and Logos gift cards.

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Saints

August 10, 2010 — 1 Comment

Some churches make saints out of very good people after they die. God makes saints out of very bad people while they are still alive.

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Kevin DeYoung writes in Tabletalk Magazine, ‘What we need are fewer revolutionaries and a few more plodding visionaries. That’s my dream for the church — a multitude of faithful, risktaking plodders. The best churches are full of gospel-saturated people holding tenaciously to a vision of godly obedience and God’s glory, and pursuing that godliness and glory with relentless, often unnoticed, plodding consistency.’

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In a post at entitled “Devotions Aren’t Magic” Jon Bloom writes, “We know that [devotions aren't magic]…But still, we can be tempted to think that if we just figure out the secret formula—the right mixture of Bible meditation and prayer—we will experience euphoric moments of rapturous communion with the Lord. And if that doesn’t happen, our formula must be wrong.”

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