America's number one false god

At a recent gathering of our area’s spiritual leaders, we studied the dramatic revival recorded in 2 Chronicles 29-30. One of King Hezekiah’s first steps to initiate revival in Judah was casting down false idols and eliminating anything unclean from...


What does aggressive ministry look like?

I am not an aggressive person by nature. I’m a conflict-avoiding, noncompetitive type who struggles to relate to the warrior imagery that frequently appears in Scripture. There are two verses in particular, words from our Lord, that challenge me to consider ministry in a way that doesn’t fit my natural ...
May 19, 2016   Allen Hamlin

6 scriptures that summarize the current moral crisis in America

Before he dropped out of the presidential race, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz posed an appropriate question about the “bathroom bills” that have sparked a national frenzy: “Have we gone stark raving nuts?” That rhetorical question came in response to a statement by presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, who said that ...
May 17, 2016   Bob Russell

Video: I exist to . . .

When you think about ministry, what is your reason for preaching, teaching and discipling? Dr. Daniel Overdorf explores mission statements and how they aid in perseverance. (Excerpted from the NACC in 2015.)
May 17, 2016  

"You will be made to care," the progressive Left tells us

Very often we begin reading a book and find it so engrossing that we can’t put it down. Then again, there are books that are so alarming and compelling that we can only read four or six pages and have to put it down for a day or more before ...
May 03, 2016   Ronald Keener

The unanswerable answer

There’s a special Christian man who lives in Louisville, Kentucky. His name is Pat Day. Anyone who knows anything about horse racing knows that Pat Day was one of the most successful jockeys of all time. Inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1991, he was ...
May 03, 2016   Bob Russell

Ignoring Pentecost to our peril

The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church reminds us that Pentecost ranks as the second most important festival day in the Church following Easter, the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. However, many preachers ignore the day and its related themes. If Pentecost, which follows 50 days after Easter, is so important, ...
April 26, 2016   Jim Farrer

Seeking revival for our state and survival for our nation

The first week of April I met with 20 influential spiritual leaders from the state of Kentucky.  We gathered for two days to discuss how we could encourage spiritual revival in our state.  We prayed, we studied revivals in Scripture and history, and we shared our individual ideas as we ...
April 19, 2016   Bob Russell

Video: Do you preach Jesus?

Dr. Daniel Overdorf, Dean of the School of Congregational Ministry at Johnson University (Knoxville, Tenn.), addresses an important question for pastors. How will you answer this question and how will it alter your preaching focus? (Excerpted from the NACC in 2015.)
April 12, 2016  

4 questions for graduates

Pastors may consider including these thought-provoking questions and answers when they honor their congregations’ grads. 1. How will you stay out of poverty? Professor William Galston, an advisor to former President Bill Clinton, researched this question. His conclusions from earlier decades were confirmed by the large British Cohort Study which ...
April 12, 2016   Jim Farrer

The 10 Commandments for church parking lots

This story is many years old, but its impact still lives with me today. One Sunday morning, I was walking outside the worship center and greeting people as they came into the church I served as pastor. I saw a car moving slowly in the parking lot. The driver obviously ...
April 07, 2016   Thom Rainer

Immersing for baptism

A young Presbyterian minister made a surprising request last month at the pastoral retreat I lead regularly for preachers: “Would you immerse me for baptism?” Held at a camp by a lake, “A Time of Refreshing” is designed to provide spiritual renewal for guys who have been grinding it out in ...
April 05, 2016   Bob Russell

What can pastors say to grads?

Graduation observances are important events in the life of a congregation. Many families celebrate graduations from different levels of education. In one of my congregations, the nursery school graduation boasted the largest attendance of the year. With everyone’s attention on the graduates and the pastor’s advice for them, these ceremonies ...
March 29, 2016   Jim Farrer

Why do you preach? 4 relational perspectives

If you’ve attended worship at any variety of denominational congregations, it’s readily apparent that the sermon is a major facet of the gathering. In the Anglican church that I attend, the entire service is barely over an hour, with the message usually lasting less than 15 minutes. In many non-liturgical ...
March 22, 2016   Allen Hamlin

Operation Solomon: A thrilling example of fulfilled prophecy

March Madness is in full swing, with the first two rounds concluded and the Sweet Sixteen about to unfold. Fans nationwide are hoping to predict the ultimate winner of the 2016 NCAA basketball tournament. Most will fail. No human being can accurately foretell the future—not the outcomes of college basketball ...
March 22, 2016   Bob Russell
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