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How to be a shepherd sheep can trust
Aug24

How to be a shepherd sheep can trust

A writer spent time with a shepherd on the Texas plains. One night, the shepherd built a fire, and the sheep gathered close. Around midnight, a coyote howled in the distance, followed by another coyote from the opposite direction. The fearful sheep began bleating. The shepherd tossed logs onto the fire. As flames shot up, the writer looked out and saw 4,000 tiny lights—the fire reflected in the eyes of 2,000 sheep. With enemies all...

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FIRST-PERSON: How to preach to an empty room
Mar18

FIRST-PERSON: How to preach to an empty room

I have been pastoring and preaching for 28 years, and I’ve spent more than 20 years as a preaching professor. Until very recently, I’ve never really given any thought about how to preach to an empty room. My goal has always been that the church would be as full as we can get it when it comes time to preach! But in light of the coronavirus and the reality of providing online Sunday services, I’ve been asked by a few...

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Becoming a person of prayer
Feb25

Becoming a person of prayer

Years ago, God put questions on my heart that changed my prayer life. First, I asked myself, “What would happen if I prayed more and did other things less?” What if I prayed more and slept less, checked the news less or watched television less? Today, I might also ask: “What if I prayed more and followed social media less?” Next, I considered: “Is there any area of my life that would suffer if I prayed more?” Would more prayer make me...

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Giving the invitation: 5 words of encouragement for preachers
Dec18

Giving the invitation: 5 words of encouragement for preachers

Not long ago, I was part of a preaching seminar with about 15 other pastors. We were asked, “How many of you give an invitation each time you preach?” I was surprised to see that only a little more than half of us raised our hands. But I was encouraged that those who raised their hands were not all the same. Some of us were older, some younger. Some were more reformed in their soteriology, some less so. Some pastored traditional...

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