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The Role of a Pastor – 16 Things People Never See

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Two Dangers of Christian Fatalism

The idea that God is somehow pulling the levers behind the screen of life is what I call Christian fatalism: God is all-powerful. His will cannot be denied. Therefore, everything that happens must have been part of his plan from the beginning. He was behind everything all along.
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Are You Ready for Lent? (It’s Almost Here!)

Lent is a season of preparation for the celebration of Easter. [This year it begins on Ash Wednesday, February 17th.] For many Christians, it is an occasion for renewed devotion to Jesus, for a recommitment to follow him on the way to the cross—and  through the cross to the empty tomb.
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Ministry With, Not Merely To

My friend who loves the best news of all was ministering with me by preaching Christ to my children. That’s what Christian friends do. They minister with each other and grow up together in Christ as Ephesians 4:15-16 describes:

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The Best of ChurchLeaders: Steven Furtick on How to Handle Growth and Criticism

"I've always felt unqualified," says Steven Furtick, "and I discovered it puts me in pretty good company."
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The Best of ChurchLeaders: Francis Chan on the Question Your Church Needs to Ask

“God wants believers to cause other believers to love him more," says Francis Chan. “Are we producing lovers of Jesus and each other so much that the world notices?”
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The Best of ChurchLeaders: Eugene Peterson on What Most Pastors Don’t Know about Pastoring

"Being a pastor," says Eugene H. Peterson, "for so many people, is competitive. And when you're competitive, you're a lot more interested in winning than helping." 
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The Best of 2020: Aimee Byrd Asks What It Really Means to Be a...

"Women are becoming frustrated as disciples," says Aimee Byrd. Part of the problem, she believes, is the church's misunderstanding of the idea of "biblical" manhood and womanhood.
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The Best of 2020: Tim Keller on How to Practice True Tolerance

"For those outside [the church], our unity is a very important witness," says Dr. Timothy Keller. Without true tolerance, however, we will remain polarized.
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Ian Morgan Cron: How the Enneagram Can Transform Your Preaching

"One of the biggest mistakes you can make in life," says Ian Morgan Cron, "is to assume that your way of seeing the world is normal."
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John Cooper: We’re in a Fight to Keep People in the Kingdom

"I feel like we’re fighting to keep people in the Kingdom," says Skillet's John Cooper. "Young people are so confused...we are in a life and death urgent situation—I believe that with all my heart."

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12 Things A Church Pastor Cannot Do

There are 12 things a church pastor cannot do. Pastors are amazing people and, in faith, they can do a lot...just not these things.