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Apr
15

The Most Frightening Part of Ministry

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By Andy Flowers Counseling people. No doubt about it. No other aspect of pastoral ministry is as horrifying as counseling. Preaching is frightening at first, but it’s something that we get comfortable with quickly. We spend the bulk of our week on sermon prep. There are a million great books and conferences about forming and…
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Apr
01

Focused: Teaching The Gospel For Continued Spiritual Growth

Focused: Teaching The Gospel for Continued Spiritual Growth

This article first appeared in the spring 2014 edition of Western Magazine (article begins on page 17). By Dr. Jeff Louie When I went to seminary, the emphasis of the school I attended was on exegetical method and an understanding of the biblical text within the context of a particular passage or a given book. …
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Mar
10

How to Stay Christian in Seminary: A Book Review

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By: Tyler Velin How to Stay Christian in Seminary David Mathis and Jonathan Parnell If you want seminarians to read your book, chum the water with names like Warfield, Frame, Carson, Flavel, Calvin, and Vanhoozer. How to Stay Christian in Seminary by David Mathis and Jonathan Parnell draw you in with the footnotes seminarians love,…
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Mar
04

The Six People You Should Ask to Leave Your Church

Congregation from back of church

By Andy Flowers Maybe I’m a little biased, but I think my church is awesome! It’s a place that is friendly, loving, gracious, and gospel-centered. I love being the pastor here. I love the people who faithfully attend here. I love that we can see God moving in our midst. This is a healthy, well…
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Feb
21

“Loving Your Neighbor” Redefined

Picket fence neighborhood

By Kristin My husband and I started praying regularly for our neighborhood last spring.  At the time, we were on the cusp of marriage and eagerly anticipating a new life together – cultivating a garden, working on our 1920’s Craftsman-style bungalow, enjoying home-cooked meals together after work, and getting to know our neighbors.   We prayed…
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