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May
29

How Pastors Accidentally Ruin Their Church

Key to Leadership

By Andy Flowers Most pastors really love their church. They understand their calling as under-shepherds tasked with guarding the bride of Christ. Caring for the thing that Jesus died for is a heavy responsibility. Pastors will endure stress and criticism, they will work long hours, and they will sacrifice to protect the church. Yet, I’ve…
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May
28

When a Pastor Prepares to Leave

Black and white photo of church with a square drawn around the church in ink.

Life is full of transitions, but perhaps no transition is more difficult to manage than when a pastor considers transitioning to a new place of service. Transitions are best handled through conversation – talking it through with others. But a pastor who is considering (or preparing for) a call to another church has very few…
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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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Mar
20

Starting and Ending with Why: The Importance of Asking “Why?” When We Prepare to Preach

Man reading at messy desk.

Tonight, I decided to clean off my desk at Western Seminary. Like my desk at church, it has lost a fair amount of dignity due to the mess of endless piles, sticky marks from drinks, and the occasional untidiness of homeless pens and paperclips. I left it impressively clean when I took a brief leave,…
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Mar
13

The Mysterious (and Perplexing) Ways of the Lord

Wandering in desert

The blessing of the Jews by the pagan sorcerer Balaam, in Numbers 22-24, is a perplexing series of events. Balaam is also known from a text outside the Bible. An inscription was discovered near the junction of the Jordan and Jabbok rivers in the language of the Ammonites, descendants of Lot. The inscription is dated…
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