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The Message That Ruined Me

In their blog this week The Gospel Coalition commemorated John Piper’s famous 2000 Passion Conference message “Don’t Waste Your Life” (aka, the “seashells” talk). It not only fixed Piper’s influence in the hearts of the 40,000 twenty-somethings gathered in Memphis on that afternoon in May but also became, as the blog notes, “formative for a …

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A Brave Pastor and the Temptation of Indispensability

New church plants aside, it’s very easy to make the church all about the pastor by making everything revolve around his leadership. He authorizes every check. He oversees every ministry. He makes every weighty decision. But that’s not wanting to be a pastor. That’s wanting to be a pope. If the lead pastor gets hit …

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A Brave Pastor and the Temptation of Cheating with the Church

Leading the church is a demanding task. There will be times when you come home late because of the work pastoring demands. The problem is when those seasons become the norm instead of the exception, and we spend more time investing in our churches than in our families. This temptation is easier to succumb to …

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