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Jun
30

Redeemed for Life

Man's hand sorting through manuscripts.

In my previous two blog posts on the sacred/secular divide, I’ve been using the terms sacred and secular but have not stopped to define what I mean by them. According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, sacred means a: dedicated or set apart for the service or worship of a deity and b: devoted exclusively to one…
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Jun
06

Living With A Dying Parent

Elderly couple

In preparing for ministry, one of our ordered tasks is to care for the aged and the dying. Over the thirty years I have pastored, I have shared in this journey with many families. It has its emotional costs, but as I have recently learned, the costs when it involves your own parents can be…
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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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Mar
11

The 7 Commandments for Choosing a Church

Skyline showing church steeples

If you’re reading this because you don’t like your church and you want to know how to shop for a better church and you thought, based on the title of this post, that you might get some good ideas for how to find a better church… prepare to be disappointed.  That’s not what this article…
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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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