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Love: No More Sloppy Agape

Love: No More Sloppy Agape

Romans 12:9–21 The love that Paul wishes to see in the Romans is one that works in holiness and right living. Thomas Watson, a Puritan, spoke to that point, “Faith deals with invisibles, but God hates that love which is invisible.” The rest of chapter 12 contains a number of injunctions to “deep, unaffected and

Preaching Jesus After a Community Tragedy

Editor’s Note: This excerpt from The Hardest Sermons You’ll Ever Have to Preach features a sermon from Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, the Sunday following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  Click on the play button to listen to the entire service from September 16, 2001. Keller’s sermon starts

Stop Helping Us: A Call to Compassionately Move beyond Charity

The Story of Fadzai Every time an employer discovered Fadzai Nhamo, a woman from Zimbabwe, was HIV positive, the door shut. “Life was difficult for me when I came to Harare,” Fadzai later remarked. When Fadzai speaks, she covers her mouth to hide her missing front teeth, a daily reminder of the brutal way she

10 Biggest Tax Mistakes Made By Ministers

10 Biggest Tax Mistakes Made By Ministers 1. Filing as self-employed for income tax purposes on your church salary, using tax benefits only available to employees, and leaving yourself vulnerable to reclassification by the IRS to employee status. (Details in Chapter 1.) 2. Failure to have unreimbursed medical expenses covered under a properly documented plan.

The Ezer-Kenegdo: Ezer Unleashed

My first serious encounter with my calling as an ezer happened in the middle of the night. It was around 3:00 a.m., and it changed my life. I wasn’t tossing and turning in bed, but wide awake, pouring over books, smuggling volumes out of my husband’s study, and searching for answers. I felt like a

Live and Lead in Brokenness and Vulnerability

In emotionally healthy churches, people live and lead out of brokenness and vulnerability. They understand that leadership in the kingdom of God is from the bottom up, not a grasping, controlling, or lording over others. It is leading out of failure and pain, questions and struggles — a serving that lets go. It is a

The Danger of Distraction

If we are a distracted people, a distracted society, it stands to reason that we would also be a distracted church, a church with a diminished ability to think deeply, to cultivate concentration, to emphasize slow, deliberate, thoughtful meditation. What Paul said of the unbelieving Jews of his day could likely be said of many

Apprenticed to Reach the World for Jesus

Big Idea: Missional movement begins by becoming an apprentice of Jesus. If a movement is to start with you and your friends, then it all begins with your becoming an apprentice. The core competency of any movement is apprenticeship. Apprenticeship is a fundamental principle of reproduction, yet it is so often overlooked. A gifted communicator