10 Quick Thoughts on the “Rise and Fall of Mars Hill” Podcast

The following is guest post by Michael Clary (originally posted on his FB page). 1. It's really well done. The overall production value is good, and the storytelling is excellent and interesting. 2. One insight was particularly good, which is that some men have talent and charisma that far exceed their personal maturity. Driscoll should … Continue reading 10 Quick Thoughts on the “Rise and Fall of Mars Hill” Podcast

7 Tips to Grow in Biblical Knowledge

It is possible to study scripture in ways that hurt you instead of helping you. When we approach scripture, we must make sure we do it on God’s terms, not our own. Below you will find seven tips to grow in biblical knowledge that will help you avoid some of the pitfalls and come away with a … Continue reading 7 Tips to Grow in Biblical Knowledge

The Broken Church Light (Part 3)

Read part 1 here. Read part 2 here. He finished tightening the light bulb and stepped back to examine his work. Ever since his wife died a few years ago, he spends much of his time serving at the church. As a retired electrician, he enjoyed bringing out the old toolbox. He had wanted to … Continue reading The Broken Church Light (Part 3)

The Broken Church Light (Part 2)

Read part 1 here. He decided to walk to church because several things were weighing heavy on his heart. After 13 years of pastoring the small congregation, the church appeared worse off than when he had started. It was a warm and bright August day, but the forerunners of fall were in the air announcing … Continue reading The Broken Church Light (Part 2)

7 Characteristics of Good Bible Teachers

Teaching scripture is a spiritual gift, but it is also a skill. This means that not everyone is called to be a teacher; it also means just because someone is gifted does not mean they do not need to improve their skills. Several things come into play that impacts the quality of teaching. The sound of your voice, … Continue reading 7 Characteristics of Good Bible Teachers

Simulated Sunlight: Entertainment and the Church

Perhaps we rely on entertainment in the church to keep things interesting because we do not trust enough in God to keep our gatherings compelling. Entertainment is easy compared to waiting on God because waiting on God requires that we come to church with hearts prepared, undistracted by the world, and with a desire to … Continue reading Simulated Sunlight: Entertainment and the Church

The Broken Church Light (Part 1)

Nothing held her attention more than the broken church light, and the irritation it caused ran through her entire body. It had been years since she had attended a worship service, and she could not focus. She wondered why she was even there. The church was smaller than she remembered. The other 43 people in … Continue reading The Broken Church Light (Part 1)

Strength for the Weary

As I sat there, I seemed to be losing the never-ending battle with my health. I could feel my body tremble. It was as if it was having trouble supporting its own weight, and I wondered if it would ever end. I knew I had felt like this many times before, and God always brought … Continue reading Strength for the Weary

The End of All Things is at Hand

Whether Christ returns or calls us home through death, the end of all things is at hand. Death is the great clarifier. When we have a brush with our final enemy, death, it is incredible how many things in our lives become insignificant. The petty concerns seem to melt away. Trivial distractions are exposed as … Continue reading The End of All Things is at Hand

Preaching from the Pit

Sometimes you are called to preach from the pit. Pain, suffering, grief, and sorrow are not reasons for the minister to back away from his calling to proclaim the word of God; they are often reasons to lean into it. Times of peace and comfort highlight certain truths as we study scripture, but there are … Continue reading Preaching from the Pit