Love is largely local. And the local congregation, then, is the place which claims to display this love for all the world to see.
Something can be true, yet we can decide as pastors that our congregations are not ready to act tomorrow in a way they might be ready to act in a year.
Seminaries are not made to make pastors. Churches make pastors.
Future pastors aren’t built in a day.
Corporate prayer begins to take out the individualistic assumption that Christianity is only about me and my relationship with God.
In times that are hard, we encourage ourselves by praying, remembering that this is ultimately God’s work.
We are justified by faith alone, but a justifying faith produces Christians who look more and more like the God they worship.
Behind the centrality of expositional preaching is the assumption of the authority and truthfulness of God’s Word.
I want to approach the topic of application slightly differently: not only are there different kinds of hearers, there are also different kinds of application.
When pastors first discover church discipline in the Bible, I often tell them: “Don’t do it . . . at least not yet.”
I love thinking about the temporariness of my pastoral ministry.
Mark Dever hosts a roundtable with Jonathan Leeman and John Folmar to discuss God’s love and church membership and Leeman’s new book which considers their connection.
A note from Mark Dever: “This past August, Matt shared an hour with us to talk about his ministry. In light of what has happened to Matt in recent days (cancer diagnosis), we contacted him about publishing this interview. He said he was very happy for us to present it, and that he was continuing to trust in God for the future. As you listen to this interview, thank God for our brother and pray for him.”
Phillip Jensen attacks evangelical assumptions about ministry training, spiritual gifts, and more.