Matt McCullough

How Pastoring Teaches You to Be Sorrowful, Yet Always Rejoicing

How Pastoring Teaches You to Be “Sorrowful, Yet Always Rejoicing”

By Matt McCullough | 04.24.2019

In a healthy church, the work of bearing each other’s burdens and sorrows is never over. We’re always finding more problems to shepherd people through. And so I’m learning what it means to rest not in *my* finished work, but in Christ’s finished work for others.

Why Christians Should Think About Death

Why Christians Should Think About Death

By Matt McCullough | 03.21.2019

Considering the reality of death can point us to the promises of God.

3 Reasons You Should Preach through Ecclesiastes

By Matt McCullough | 10.11.2018

Ecclesiastes surprises people. That’s partly because it says things you don’t expect to hear from the Bible.

Church Plants Need Pastors, Not Entrepreneurs

By Matt McCullough | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

We often assume church planting requires more entrepreneurial skills than other pastoral contexts. Is that a fair assumption?

Hope for the Melancholy Preacher

By Matt McCullough | 9Marks Journal: Expositional Preaching | 06.10.2015

How do we learn to live with the fact that no sermon will ever measure up to the depths of our text, to the needs of our people, or to our ideal images of ourselves? What does success look like when you know your preaching will never be good enough?

The American Jeremiad: A Bit of Perspective on the Rhetoric of Decline

By Matt McCullough | 9Marks Journal: Vanishing Church? | 10.23.2014

We must guard against responses to cultural decline that appeal to a past that never existed or a future God hasn’t promised.

Book Review: Homespun Gospel, by Todd Brenneman

Review by Matt McCullough | 9Marks Journal: Vanishing Church? | 10.13.2014

This book criticizes Joel Osteen, Rick Warren, and Max Lucado for their sentimentality. Is the critique convincing?

Book Review: The Twilight of the American Enlightenment, by George Marsden

Review by Matt McCullough | 09.16.2014

George Marsden offers us a window into a lost world and, to some extent, the story of how that world was lost.

Steve Jobs and the Goal of Preaching

By Matt McCullough | 08.28.2014

Jobs said it’s not enough to offer customers what they already think they need. He wanted Apple to be a transformational influence, exposing and then meeting needs that customers didn’t realize they had.

The Word Works, Even When It Doesn’t

By Matt McCullough | 08.26.2014

The Word is profitable, Paul insists, even when the results have been discouraging. So there’s nothing to do but to keep on preaching that Word, in season and out of season.

Love the Sojourner: First Steps in Refugee Outreach

By Matt McCullough | 08.26.2014

We want to see our members embrace an evangelistic way of life that trickles into our conversations with each other, how we spend our time, how we pray.

Wendell Berry and the Beauty of Membership

By Matt McCullough | 08.22.2014

Berry’s stories bring to life truths at the heart of the community we’re aiming for when we emphasize church membership.

Book Review: An Anxious Age, by Joseph Bottum

Review by Matt McCullough | 03.25.2014

An Anxious Age is an enjoyable and engaging read, thought provoking even where it isn’t fully convincing.

Book Review: The Great Evangelical Recession, by John Dickerson

Review by Matt McCullough | 9Marks Journal: Is Scripture Enough? | 06.24.2013

I found Dickerson’s information convincing overall: evangelical ministries are losing money, people, and the favor of the American public.

Book Review: Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics, by Ross Douthat

Review by Matt McCullough | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User's Guide - Part 1 | 11.13.2012

This book is a call for a renewed, robust, public confidence in the power of Christian orthodoxy. All faithful pastors should resonate with this plea.

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