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Training Preachers in the Local Church

In this introduction to A Local Church Training Program for Potential Preachers (more of this to follow), Peter Adam explains what preaching is; why churches should be more intentional about training the next generation of preachers, and sets out some suggestions for a first training program.  What is Preaching? ‘The ministry of the word to the gathered congregation in expository biblical preaching that is passionate and applied.’ It is a ministry which aims to convert unbelievers, to mature believers, to mature the church, and to train the congregation in godliness and good ministry. Its focus is God and Jesus Christ,...

I Just Thank You Father for Making Me Me

It made sense that greed was wrong. But coveting just did not seem as big a deal as the others. Like many children who grew up going to Sunday school I often returned to the ten commandments. Commands like, ‘have no other gods,’ ‘do not make graven images,’ ‘do not murder … steal … commit adultery,’ all seemed very serious to me. It made sense that they made ‘the top ten.’ But there was one I sometimes wondered about; ‘do not covet.’ (Exodus 20:17) It made sense that greed was wrong—as was the desire to be like those who lived...

5 Principles for Thinking Through a Return to Church

Seven months ago, when COVID hit our nation and shut the doors of churches all across the globe, there was, for the church, perhaps one dominant question which reverberated throughout church teams: ‘What does it mean, now, to be the church?’ That is, what does it mean for us to be the gathered people of God around the Word of God when we cannot physically gather? Now, as the doors of our buildings open again, the question remains. Here are five principles for church leaders and church teams to consider as they wrestle with the question of how to now,...

Singing and Not-Singing in COVID Season

Of all the restrictions necessitated by the COVID pandemic, one of the most frustrating, at least for most Christians, is not being able to sing together—either because we’re unable to meet together or because it’s not deemed safe for us to do so even if we are able to be together. Of course, not being able to sing together hasn’t killed us, and it won’t. But it has deprived and diminished us and, understandably, is deeply painful to many. Not being able to sing together has deprived and diminished us So, like the writer of Psalms 42-43, we are right...

Can Sinners Please God?

Do you ever find it hard to believe that God could be pleased with you? If you have never thought deeply about your sin, might not see why he wouldn’t. But if you have ever been truly convicted of your failings—or if you have reflected deeply on what the Bible says about human sinfulness—then you will have seen the problem. How can God be pleased with me when “there is none who does good, not even one” (Ps 14:3); when “nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. (Rom 7:18)? Yet Christians can please God. The sheer grace...

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