Words of Wisdom from Pastors with Tenure (Part 1)
Apr10

Words of Wisdom from Pastors with Tenure (Part 1)

A 2011 Lifeway Research poll found that the average tenure for pastors in a local church is 3.6 years. Some have suggested that the number may be higher. Nevertheless, pastors who stay at a given church for ten, twenty, thirty, or more years are a rare occurrence. Yet the pastors that we tend to admire the most are those who have stayed at and labored in a single local church for an extended period of time. Furthermore, some...

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The ERLC, Marriage, and Ministry: A Conversation with Ray Ortlund, Jr.
Feb09

The ERLC, Marriage, and Ministry: A Conversation with Ray Ortlund, Jr.

On Tuesday, January 17, 2017, I had the opportunity to attend an Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission Leadership luncheon in Nashville, Tennessee. Approximately sixty-five local leaders sat around tables, discussing life, marriage, ministry, politics, and more. Chuy’s catered. The guest of honor was Ray Ortlund, whom ERLC president Russell Moore interviewed on the topic of marriage. Before the interview began, Moore introduced...

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Transformational Leadership, Books, and Politics: An Interview with Allison Ball
Oct17

Transformational Leadership, Books, and Politics: An Interview with Allison Ball

by Frank Thornsbury You’ve probably heard the proverb, “Good leaders are also good readers.” Well, look no further for evidence of this truth than the life and career of Allison Ball, Kentucky’s state treasurer and the youngest female constitutional officer in the United States. She’s no stranger to the pages of an inspiring biography or a tangled spy yarn or the Book that matters the most. Indeed, Treasurer Ball herself seems to...

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Why Pastors Aren’t Perfect: An Interview with Zack Eswine
Aug01

Why Pastors Aren’t Perfect: An Interview with Zack Eswine

Pastors are a very unique species. They are not only called to bridge two worlds in their preaching, as the John Stott title famously put it, but to live in two worlds. They bear the demanding burden of feeding and leading the flock of God, while at the same time being members of the flock (1 Pt. 5:1-4). They must find a way daily to manage the expectations of those they serve, while living with the fact that those expectations still...

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The Christian Publisher, Church, and Family: An Interview with Ron Hunter
May16

The Christian Publisher, Church, and Family: An Interview with Ron Hunter

For decades, Randall House Publications has served the National Association of Free Will Baptists as its publishing arm. In addition to being the main provider of curriculum to our churches, they also provide a range of resources and products designed to foster spiritual formation and discipleship. More recently, under the leadership of Executive Director and CEO Ron Hunter, they have attempted to move family ministry to the forefront...

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What Makes a Sermon ‘Good’? An Interview With Jeff Jones and Jeff Manning (Part II of II)
Apr14

What Makes a Sermon ‘Good’? An Interview With Jeff Jones and Jeff Manning (Part II of II)

by Jacob Riggs “The preacher . . . is the only one who is in a position to deal with the greatest need of the world” (Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Preaching and Preachers, 40). In this post, we continue our interview with Jeff Jones and Jeff Manning. To see Part I, click here. Can and does God use “preaching” that neglects or misinterprets the text? If so, why is it still important to proclaim what the original author meant? Jones: In Numbers...

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