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The Fourth Person of the Trinity?

When I was an intern preparing for ministry at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, I asked Dr. Paul Tripp, "If you could give any one piece of advice to young men preparing for ministry, what would it be?" Speaking from years of pastoral experience, Paul responded, "Don't become the fourth person of the Trinity for people." What he obviously meant was, "Don't try to...

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Social Sin, Social Media and Social Interaction

Over the past 5–7 years, the internet has been ablaze with reaction to scandalous news, sensational stories and societal injustices. In those moments when the desensitization—that we all experience as culture pulls us away from heavenly mindedness--wears off, my heart starts to—once again—experience something of what the Apostle Paul experienced when "his spir...

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6 Principles for Small Group Facilitating

Facilitating a church small group is sometimes far more challenging than one might imagine. There are, what sometimes feels like, set patterns that frustrate the outcome. Add to this the fact that there are unique challenges with which you will be faced when you are at the helm of guiding discussion among a group of individuals with different backgrounds and beliefs. Gre...

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A Tribute to R.C. Sproul

When I was a young boy, I distinctly remember sitting in the living rooms of various families of the churches we attended--watching VHS tapes of Dr. R.C. Sproul. At this time, that was an innovative way to be fed spiritually--to say the least. To have one of the great theologians of the 20th Century on your television in  your living room was a big deal back then. Dr. Spr...

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Ecumenical Fences

Questions concerning ecumenical affiliations are among the most difficult for any minister to answer. There is a spectrum along which every minister falls regarding their involvement and interaction with ministers of other ecclesiastical fellowships. On one side of the spectrum, there are ministerial fellowships--in any given town--in which clergy of every group that coul...

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Extemporaneous Preaching

When first preparing for ministry, I would sometimes try to envision the Apostles standing before a great crowd of people about to preach one of the sermons that we find recorded in the book of Acts. Peter would subtly slip his hand into his pocket, pull out a sheet of paper, unfold it and begin to preach from it. This scenario seemed absolutely implausible and ridicu...

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Redeeming our Reading

Dr. Joel Beeke once said, "Before I read anything, I pray that the Lord would give me the grace to discern whether or not I should spend time reading this particular book. My life is too short to read things that will not maximally help me grow as a Christian and as a pastor." By way of contrast, others have suggested that we should read everything we can get our hands ...

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