Chad Carpenter

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Two Pastoral Thoughts on Justification and Sanctification

Judging by my Facebook Trending feed, most people aren’t that interested in sanctification. But if you’re a Christian, you have to be. And if you’re …

Theology

How to Love When You Don’t Feel It

Recently, I attended a book club discussion on C.S. Lewis’s <i>Mere Christianity</i>. Several weeks into the study, the otherwise-docile Lewis enthusiasts …

Relationships

How Do I Know If a Sermon Is Too Long or Too Short?

Is there an ideal sermon length? Pastor John gives five factors to consider when trying to decide how long to preach.Listen Now

The Best Church Leader Is a Team

<i>Plurality</i>. It’s a weighty word that reminds us that ideas have consequences. By plurality, I’m talking about shared leadership. It’s a way of …

Billy Graham

To Follow Jesus Is to Be Sent - International Mission Board

Our God is a <i>sending</i> God. He sent his best into the world to save us. Jesus is referred to as “sent” forty-four times in the New Testament. And after …

North Carolina

Rethinking the missionary nature of God

<i>Mission is not primarily an activity of the church, but an attribute of God. ~ David Bosch</i><p>If we are to understand what it means to be “missional …

Theology

Character: The Key To Leading for the Long Term

It comes as no surprise to anyone when I say that pastoring is hard. Pastors bear the spiritual responsibility of a church. They grow it to …

Leadership

What the Word of God Says About the Word of God, Book by Book

What God says about his word is a deep, complex, and staggering thing. And each book of the written word testifies to the wonder of his revelation. I …

Theology

Why Expositional Preaching Is Particularly Glorifying to God

There are four parts to this message. <i>First</i>, I will reflect on the kind of preaching that I long to see God raise up in our day — the kind that is …

Theology

The Holy Spirit, Prayer, and Preaching

I have a growing conviction, and it is this: The great need of the church today is for a fresh and long-lasting work of the Holy Spirit. This …

Should Elders Insist on Unanimity?

<i>“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!<br>It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard,<br>on the beard of</i> …

Baptist Church

Consume, Create, or Cultivate: Your Choice

I recently sat down with a 20-something who asked for some advice on how to become more productive in serving the Lord. He wanted to think more …

Evangelical Christianity

Why Evangelism Requires Words (and Not Just Deeds)

There is power in words. God spoke the universe into creation. The word of the Lord came to prophets, priests, and kings throughout the Bible. The …

Fake News

The Holy Spirit Will Not Preach Your Sermon

How does the natural act of thinking become the occasion for the supernatural experience of authentic worship — seeing and savoring and showing the …

Theology

8 Traits of a Faithful Minister

<i>The measure of anyone’s ministry is not how many people are in their church, how many blog readers or Twitter followers they have, how many books</i> …

When Gospel-Centered Goes Too Far

Many in the church today live under the banner of “gospel-centered.” It’s in our Twitter bio. It’s in our books, our conferences, our worship. The …

New Testament

The Impossible Calling of the Christian Preacher

Christian preacher, your calling is astounding. Indeed, your life is astounding. I hope you are amazed at your miraculous existence in Christ. As a …

Theology

The Local Church as a Counterculture

Friedrich Nietzsche was perhaps the most towering figure among 19th century philosophers and thinkers, those whom Richard Lints has called “secular …

Faith

Lessons from the Worst Sermon I Ever Heard

I try to make a habit of not listening to other people’s preaching with a critical spirit. After all, I know how much unseen work goes into writing a …

Spread Us a Banquet: The Heart of Leading Worship

The particular instruments we have or the style of music we use in corporate worship don’t matter nearly as much as the heart behind what we …

Faith

Your Church May Not Be as Gospel-Centered as You Think

The book of Romans is about more than the “Romans Road.” It’s not just a book about individual salvation (though it certainly communicates this …

Every Book of the Bible in One Word

God reveals himself through his Word. When he speaks, he teaches us what he is like, how he acts, and how he desires us to respond. As a whole, the …

Are We Proclaiming a Hell We Don’t Deserve—and a Christ We Do?

I taught twice on the doctrine of hell recently, and both times it ended in tears—mine.I remember the second time vividly. At the end of the class, …

Evangelical Christianity

Does Your Heart Run on Hype? The Emotional Power of Ordinary Sundays

Have you ever felt like the odd one out at a church service, the only one who’s not “feeling it”? Does it sometimes seem like everyone else is on the …

Theology

Preaching Your People Toward Mission

How do we preach toward good evangelistic engagement? If, as many younger evangelicals of the gospel-centered persuasion believe, we aren’t to turn …

Evangelical Christianity

Good and Bad Excuses Not to Practice Church Discipline

It’s not often that churches find themselves in the national news. Yet in recent memory, a number of prominent congregations have found themselves in …

Your Church Music Might Be Incomplete

Everyone has an opinion on the topic of church music. Should we have loud music or quiet music? Should there be lights and fog? Should we use hymns, …

He Preached a Big God with a Broken Heart: Charles Spurgeon (1834–1892)

Everyone faces adversity and must find ways to persevere through the oppressing moments of life. Everyone must get up and walk through the routines …

Theology

Why Did Christ Die? : A Reflection on 'The Cross of Christ' by John Stott

Excerpted from John Stott's classic work <i>The Cross of Christ</i>:<p>Herod and Pilate, Gentiles and Jews … had together “conspired” against Jesus (Acts 4:27). …

10 Things You Should Know about the Cross

March 30, 2018 by: Patrick Schreiner <i> This article is part of the 10 Things You Should Know series.</i>1. The cross is a Trinitarian event.The Christian …

Theology