How to Grow – Review

How to Grow

What is the gospel? For many people, the gospel is the message by which one gets to heaven. But the Bible presents a much fuller concept of good news. It is a gospel that is […]

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Should Churches Participate in Short-Term Mission Trips?

Short-Term Missions

There are many concerns about short-term missions trips. Some argue that they are more harm than good. Many of the concerns are quite valid. But I will argue that such experiences are good when done […]

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Who Should Sunday Worship Services Be Aimed At?

Sunday Worship

One of the things that I have noticed about contemporary Christian ministry is there is disagreement over the purpose and aim of Sunday worship services. The two options for the focus are: Christians who are […]

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What is Discipleship?

Discipleship

A sermon based on Luke 9:23-27 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church.  Introduction Why do we exist? Why is there a church? I mean both, why is there a Queen Street Baptist Church and […]

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Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

My brother-in-law sent us a copy of Peter Scazzero’s Emotionally Healthy Spirituality some time ago. To be honest, I am given/lent/recommended so many books that I don’t often get around to reading them. I have […]

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What is a Growing Church?

Growing Church

A sermon based on Philippians 1:3-11 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction As a child, I was usually the smallest of any of the students in my class. This sometimes made me a bit […]

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8 Things We Learn From the Great Commission

Leadership and Ministry

Last words are extremely important. In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus gives his disciples his standing orders. We call this the Great Commission. “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.Go therefore and […]

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3 Ways Pastors Can Promote Discipleship

Leadership and Ministry

It is all about discipleship. It really is. I firmly believe that the Church needs to focus on discipleship more than anything else, including evangelism. Of course evangelism is important, but if the people in […]

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Cheap Discipleship

Apologetics and Theology

The Great Commission commands us to make disciples, not just converts. But how we make disciples is going to be influenced by how we do evangelism. How do we try to bring people into the […]

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An Apologetic for Apologetics

Apologetics and Theology

In this episode of my video blog, I look at some of the concerns that some people have about apologetics. Should we be involved in apologetics, either on the evangelism or the discipleship side? I […]

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What is Discipleship?

Discipleship is key My ministry has been moving lately toward more of a discipleship focus. That is not to say that I am moving away from apologetics. The type of apologetics I am interested in […]

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A Pastor Who Gets It

Apologetics and Theology

I have been teaching a class at North Burlington Baptist Church on “Sects Education.” It has been a lot of fun, both in my own research and the interaction with the class. However, I think […]

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Get Disciplined About Discipleship

Apologetics and Theology

My biggest concern about the Church today is the lack of discipleship. From what I read about Christian ministry, the focus is on getting people into the church. Whether it is seeker sensitive or emerging […]

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Why Apologetics is Important

Apologetics and Theology

I believe that apologetics is important but not because of some book that I read or a speaker that I heard. I believe that apologetics is important from experience. Let me share a bit of […]

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Dear Pastor

Apologetics and Theology

I know that you have a lot on your plate. You need to prepare sermons, organize a worship service, visit the sick and shut-ins and attend meetings. As society moves farther into the post-Christian era, […]

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Dallas Willard on Discipleship

Apologetics and Theology

This quote from Dallas Willard’s The Divine Conspiracy really expresses my vision for discipleship and the role that apologetics plays in discipleship. “After times of study and teaching, we will pay most attention precisely to […]

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The Original Jesus

I am a big believer in focusing apologetics on the person of Jesus and not getting distracted by nonessentials.  The challenge is to have good resources in getting the truth of Jesus across to people. […]

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