An Annotated Bibliography for Church Planters

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Quite often I’m asked what books might be helpful to church planters. In an effort to identify a few favorites, I’ve noted ten go-to books that church planters need to study and keep handy throughout their work. As you will notice, I’m heavy on ecclesiology rather than church planting techniques since we’re seeking to plant…

 

Scripture: Sufficient or Not?

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Recently, I had the humbling opportunity to preach to a gathering of Christian workers who serve in a difficult part of the world. Only a handful of churches exist in their region. Some live in cities where no one, other than the workers, has confessed Jesus Christ as Lord. Open resistance, anti-Christian rants, rejection of…



Thinking on the Bodily Resurrection

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Hope. We use the word to express our preference about the weather, inclination about a sport team’s success, and desire for a birthday gift. While part of daily vocabulary, hope seems to be less seldom applied in its biblical use. Hope, in typical conversation, expresses a wish or desire that does not have any certainty….



The Gospel is about Words

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Paul did not pantomime the gospel to the Corinthians. He declared it in words. “Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you” (1 Cor 15:1). The word for “preached” is literally, “to announce the good news.” So he reiterates the gospel and how it consists in a body of…



Confession – Good for the Soul of the Church

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In a previous pastorate, a lady expressed her concern after a Sunday morning service. It seemed that the exposition of Scripture and its application had gotten a little too close for comfort. She admitted that she no longer enjoyed coming to church. This lady was no occasional attender either, but the wife of one of…



Stymied by Winds and Clouds? Not William Carey!

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Just suppose that as William Carey sat in his cobbler shop in the 18th century, pondering the leather map of the world that he had constructed, that he decided, ‘This mission business is just too difficult! It has far too many obstacles to venture into!’ Now granted, God would have raised up someone else, but…



Measured by Love

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One afternoon a church member met me in my study to say that he and his family was leaving the church. He offered this explanation: “You know that I like to be around things that are a success. And this church is not a success. So we’re leaving.” With that, he left. Realistically, if we…



What are You Teaching?

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“I’ve been a Southern Baptist all of my life but I’ve never heard these things. Why didn’t they teach this to me?” The question struck a nerve. I had just finished an hour-long discussion with several people, including the lady who asked the question. We had talked about basic things concerning the Old Testament and…



Missionaries and the New Year

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One of our missionaries who has been stateside for the past six months dropped by to see us before she headed back to Nairobi. Kristen first served as a missionary journeyman with the International Mission Board, and then took the career route. While a journeyman she actually traveled to a number of countries related to…