Something You Never Want To Say – Christian Article

And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” Peter answered him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.” Jesus said to…

Read More

Learn How to Disagree Agreeably – Christian Article

Imagine you’re at your favorite coffee shop. Everything about the place is great, except the tables are a bit too close to one another. This makes it difficult to avoid eavesdropping. Your reading tends to zone you out from the conversations of others, but not today. You can’t help but hone in on a conversation between an ardent Trump supporter and one who gladly voted for Hillary. It’s not the various arguments mustered for one candidate over the other that…

Read More

Dear Church Member, Your Shepherd Is Also a Sheep – Christian Article

I was trying not to cry as I spoke into the receiver, but I couldn’t hold it in. The tears came, and as a 30-year-old man, I cried into the phone like a 10-year-old boy. It wasn’t pretty. I was speaking with my 60-year-old mentor, and I experienced a great sense of relief as I opened my heart to him. Also, I’m a pastor. Does that strike you as odd in light of my above experience? Does it change your perception…

Read More

God’s Amazing Invitation – Christian Article

Sometimes it is hard to believe but the God who created the heavens and the earth cares for us personally and deeply. God is infinite in his majesty and splendor. He has no beginning and no end. He is so majestic in his glory and holiness that the highest order of created beings, the seraphim, cannot even look directly on his glory. (Isaiah 6). Yet the Bible tells us that the One who flung the galaxies into space, who created…

Read More

20 Quotes from Don Carson on Gospel Centrality – Christian Article

The following quotes caught my attention as I (Matt Smethurst) read Don Carson’s new little book, Prophetic from the Center (10Publishing, 2019). Perhaps more common yet is the tendency to assume the gospel, whatever that is, while devoting creative energy and passion to other issues—marriage, happiness, prosperity, evangelism, the poor, wrestling with Islam, wrestling with the pressures of secularization, bioethics, dangers on the left, dangers on the right—the list is endless. This overlooks the fact that our hearers inevitably are…

Read More

Pastor, How Will You Make It in Ministry? – Christian Article

Ministry is warfare. Sunday services, reading, sermon prep, visiting the sick, staff meetings, counseling, conflict, our flesh, and the flaming darts of the evil one make ministry a slog. How can we make it? How will you stay faithful in ministry, not just through this year, but through the next 25? Do you have 40 years left on your tires? You don’t have to burn out or spiral out from hidden sin. God has a way for you to make…

Read More

A Graveyard Is a Good Place to Make Big Decisions – Christian Article

Years ago I was driving through a rural area of west Tennessee, on my way to a little cottage on the Pickwick Dam in north Mississippi, where I’d take a couple of days away to write. Much was on my mind. I had large decisions in front of me—decisions that would shape the whole course of my future. My immediate problem wasn’t the course of my future, but the course of my actual journey at the time. I was lost.…

Read More