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The Country Parson: Learn to Really Shepherd Others


Author:Tim Keller

Young pastors or seminarians often ask me for advice on what kind of early ministry experience to seek in order to best grow in skill and wisdom as a pastor. They often are surprised when I tell them to consider being a 'country...[more]


Sticking Together: Unity and the Christian Church


Author:Tom Terry

      What is the Christian church supposed to look like? What are some of the most common and dangerous problems facing any church and how can you correct...[more]


Kiddie Manger Scene Goes Awry


Author:Julie Barrier

A child’s Christmas is always magical-twinkling lights, reindeer hooves, sugar cookies and snowy skies. On Christmas Eve of my fifth year, I was decked to the max. I donned my red velvet dress, lacy socks and black patent Mary...[more]


The One-Armed Boxer: God is Rooting for You!


Author:Dr. Keith Waggoner

What if your heart burned so fervently that you were willing to do anything to be who you wanted to be... who you were destined to be? Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another." - Walter...[more]


A Bout with Doubt: When Faith Has Lost Its Fizz


Author:Ed Young Jr.

I am the quintessential questioner.  My questioning does not stop at my faith.  I’ve lobbed many questions God’s way.  I’ve questioned and expressed doubts about my Christian faith, about the Bible, about many...[more]


Advent: How to Open Your Heart


Author:Leonard Sweet

Advent is an intentional season of “preparedness.” We think of Advent as a “journey,” to use Oprah Winfrey’s favorite word. We think of Advent as a progressive path we take in order to arrive at a destination — the sleepy village...[more]


Pastoral Infidelity: Problems and Solutions


Author:Dr. Chet Weld

Unfaithful pastors I’ve counseled have said things like, “The affair was like a run-away-train,” or “It’s like I was temporarily insane.”  Even the pastors who are restored to God and their families take a circuitous route,...[more]