Four Words that Encompass Gospel Ministry

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Are we evangelicals odd and offensive? Perhaps we act oddly at times or do some offensive things. But I’m referring specifically to those things related to the gospel. We sing things like, “In the Cross of Christ I Glory,” “The Power of the Cross,” and “Lift High the Cross.” We quote biblical phrases such as,…



Why Preach through Books of the Bible?

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I had a conversation with a minister friend who had been involved in discussing what pastors were preaching in their churches. While most seemed to agree that exposition of the biblical text must have priority in the church, few thought it wise to preach consecutively through books of the Bible—particularly with series that extended beyond…

 

Mercy for Street Boys

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I just returned from spending a week in a major city on the African continent. While I have traveled much in the past twenty-five years, I had never been to Africa until this trip. I found it both eye opening and remarkable in many ways as a local pastor who regularly prays for mission work…



The Preacher and the Text

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  By listening to some of the preaching of those who profess belief in biblical inerrancy, one might ask, “Why all the fuss over the inerrancy of Scripture?” Beating the drum of inerrancy means little when it fails to connect to the pulpit. Affirming inerrancy in writing and conversation appears lame if it does not change…



Why Expository Preaching?

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A few years before his death, I was talking with Dr. Stephen Olford about trends in preaching. The notable British expositor spent the last twenty years of his fifty-plus years in gospel ministry teaching biblical exposition from his preaching institute in Memphis and around the globe, influencing thousands of pastors over the years to “preach…



Concluding Thoughts on Training for Ministry in Acts

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If one tries to locate a manual on developing leadership for church planting and revitalization in the book of Acts, he may experience a level of frustration.[1] Luke focuses on particular geographical and personal details in his narrative without thought, it seems, for filling in the gaps on leadership development.[2] Who planted the churches in…



Paul’s Mission and His Partners in Ministry

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Who trained leaders to plant congregations in the early church? That has been the subject of my past three blogposts. We first looked at a general introduction to leadership training in the book of Acts, followed by the early signs of leadership development in Acts, and then the church spreading through the church planting ministry…



Scattered Saints – the Church Spreads

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Credit Building on the two previous posts regarding leadership development for church planting and revitalization in the book of Acts, this post will consider leadership development with the scattered saints. Logically, when the persecution in connection with Stephen’s death erupted (Acts 7:60–8:4), the scattered saints would have traveled to locations where they had some connection….