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Apr
15

The Most Frightening Part of Ministry

Hand reaching out

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
14

Let’s Celebrate Passover!

Plates of Passover meal

Passover (Hebrew Pesach) is the most widely observed Jewish holiday. It commemorates and celebrates both God’s freeing of the Israelite slaves from Egypt and the beginning of the Nation of Israel (Exod. 12:14). Although originally one of the pilgrim feasts which required worshipers to travel to Jerusalem (Deut. 16:16), since the destruction of the Temple…
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Apr
09

Spirit Empowered Mission: The Advent of the Spirit, Part 1

A wheel of fire

Why take several sermons to focus on the Pentecost event? What runs through your mind as you prepare to preach such a crucial even in redemptive history? Why is there such a visceral nature to the Spirit’s advent? We asked Art Azurdia… Listen to sermon (Acts 2:1-13): This is part one of a three-part series.…
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Apr
03

Christ–centered Preaching: An interview with Dr. Art Azurdia

Christ-centered Preaching Western Magazine

This interview with Dr. Art Azurdia was taken from the spring 2014 issue of Western Magazine. Read the interview in it’s entirety, starting on page 14.   HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE CHRIST-CENTERED PREACHING? AA: I would define it as faithfulness to the immediate words that are in the passage itself, as well as an understanding…
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Apr
02

Spirit Empowered Mission: Hoist the Sails

Crowd in circle, rolling dice

Should we cast lots today? What can we learn from the disciples’ actions before advent of the Spirit? What does the addition of a 12th disciple say about Israel and the church? We asked Art Azurdia… Listen to sermon (Acts 1:12-26): First, the obvious question: Should we make decisions by casting lots? Oh sure, as…
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