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Curated links for your weekend reading: Preach with Kindness I think I want to pursue more kindness in my preaching, and I think that, if you preach, you should too. Here are three reasons why. Why Church Leaders Should Write More Handwritten Notes Take the time to write a handwritten note. Make it a weekly habit. You might be surprised at the fruit from such a simple discipline. The Government Says We Can’t Sing! What Should We Do? (A Forum) I hope this forum models the kind ...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: Why You’d Be Disappointed With a Visit to the Early Church Have you ever wondered what it might be like to visit one of the earliest churches? If you stopped in on a service, I think you’d likely be disappointed. In fact, I doubt you’d ever go back. It is a Weakness of Faith to Refuse to Mourn the Death of Loved Ones As believers, we should not grieve like those who have no hope, but that does not mean we should not grieve at all (1 Thes. 4:13)...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: How the Pandemic Opens Doors for Evangelism The pandemic has revealed multiple emotional entry-points to the better story of Jesus. It’s time to leverage them. The Hidden Discipline of John Stott Only through labored effort did his apparently effortless clarity result. Spending Time with Dr. Packer My best memories are of simple things I didn’t think someone as important as J. I. Packer would say or do. Your Pastor’s Wife Probably Feel...
Tags: Featured, Life, Links, Canada, Jesus, J I Packer, Lifeway Research, John Stott


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Curated links for your weekend reading: Don’t Quit, Recommit In this post, I want to provide a few simple recommendations for those who are considering stepping away from the ministry. Sabbath: An Enduring Principle For the Soul The Sabbath principle is not just another rule to keep. It’s an opportunity God is providing to enjoy him more. Four Ways to Practice Pandemic Hospitality Here are four ways that could you practice hospitality within your circles and neighbourhood this ...
Tags: Featured, Life, Links, Trump Today, Gospel Coalition Canada


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Curated links for your weekend reading: The Case for Civility The crisis is that our public square is manufacturing cultural resentments far more efficiently than it’s building character. What we lack in ideas we compensate for in enemies. It’s Just Not the Same The online church service pales in comparison to the physical gathering on Sundays. 13 Marks of Martyn Lloyd-Jones’s Preaching according to J.I. Packer J.I. Packer listed thirteen aspects to Lloyd-Jones preaching, that ...
Tags: Featured, Life, Links, Canada, Christian, Martyn Lloyd Jones, Lloyd Jones


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Curated links for your weekend reading: What Does It Mean to ‘Fill Up What’s Lacking in Christ’s Afflictions’? What could possibly be lacking in Christ’s afflictions? And in any case, how on earth could Paul fill them up? Why This May Be the Most Offensive Verse in the Bible I’m convinced that there’s one Bible verse that, when rightly understood, proves most offensive to people whose sensibilities have been shaped by Western notions of inclusivity and freedom. 7 Questions to Help...
Tags: Featured, Life, Links, Christ, PAUL, Gospel Coalition Canada


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Curated links for your weekend reading: The Cure for Celebrity Christian Culture: Faithfulness over Fame It’s a huge mistake to believe what people think about you. That’s why we have to set aside people’s opinions of us. We have to know who we are—and who we aren’t—in God’s eyes. 4 Keys to a Heart-Level Discipleship Here are four ways to take your personal discipleship deeper, beyond the mind to the level of the heart. Three Places God’s Feet Touched the Ground Here are three ...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: Stop Eulogizing The Local Church Stop eulogizing the church. Jesus has already overcome death, hell, and the grave, and he has no intention of allowing death to come calling for his bride. It’s Okay to Be a Pastor Don’t give up pastor. You have permission to be the pastor you always wanted to be. Building a Happy Ministry There are some things a pastor can do that can contribute to more happiness in the ministry. Here are a few. Stop! ...
Tags: Featured, Life, Links, Canada, Jesus, Francis Schaeffer


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Curated links for your weekend reading: Becoming an Old Soul Christian The world’s newness is vastly overrated. Be an old soul Christian. Leaders Walk with God If you walk intimately with God, you will experience His love, and it will flow toward those you are leading. It will change you and them. You Don’t Have to Do It All How can we do something today without being overwhelmed by everything? Here are some suggestions. Our Job Is Not to Be Jesus Only Jesus can be Jesus....
Tags: Featured, Life, Links, Canada, Jesus, Global Church, Christian Leaders Walk


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Curated links for your weekend reading: Evangelicals Becoming Catholics Most, not all, evangelicals shy away from overly ritualistic or liturgical worship, yet in so doing we turn our services into performances and our time of singing into the latest play list of what’s new. We have lost a sense of history and heritage and have replaced the depth and breadth of historic Christianity with the surface effects of pop culture. Messy Church These are just four things that might, on the fa...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: The Christian And the State Have we reached the Biblical threshold for civil disobedience? If You’re Fighting the Culture War, You’re Losing Is a warlike posture the proper response to an increasingly anti-Christian society? Why Unhealthy People Crave Controversy Sometimes we must be ready to “speak a word” into a controversy, but often what’s called for is for someone to model the different way of valuing his soul over having something t...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: 3 Reorienting Truths for the Discouraged Pastor Here are a few truths that can renew your perspective and give you hope as you keep your hand to the plow. Pastor, Your Church Needs You to Take a Vacation Everyone needs rest. Taking a sabbath is important. Taking a vacation is important. Love What’s Near The love that goes farthest starts with loving what is nearest. When Looking for a Church, Beware the “Right Fit” Let’s join and se...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: Cool Christianity Is (Still) a Bad Idea Better than the awkward desperation of “cool Christianity” is the quiet confidence of faithful Christianity. What Could Be Wrong with ‘Church Planting’? I’m not surprised that a relatively new missions strategy called the Church Planting Movement (CPM) has captured the imaginations of missions-minded people around the world. How Hamilton Can Help Us Preach Better Sermons Is there a way to make what ...
Tags: Featured, Life, Links, Gospel Coalition Canada, Church Planting Movement CPM


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Curated links for your weekend reading: The Difference Between Tolkien and Lewis The time and the trouble, is the whole point of the story. What is the point of narrating a great quest, if you skip over the journey itself and only talk about the end? Five Ways Churches Will Have Changed One Year From Now Because we hear from so many church leaders and church members, allow me to venture where local churches will be in one year. Are Churches Losing the Battle to Form Christians? ...
Tags: Featured, Life, Links, Canada, Lewis


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Curated links for your weekend reading: Overcoming Disagreement For God’s Glory Christ is glorified when we value him, his cause, and his people more than we value our own plans. The Blessing of Criticism I can think of at least five ways in which criticism is a blessing. The Blessing of Plural Eldership Here are a number of reasons a good eldership is a blessing. But I’ve Never Been Discipled! Whether or not you’ve experienced an ideal mentoring relationship, ask yoursel...
Tags: Featured, Life, Links, Jesus, Christ, Emmylou Harris, Gospel Coalition Canada


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Curated links for your weekend reading: A Biblical Critique of Secular Justice and Critical Theory There is nothing in the world like biblical justice! How to More Wisely Consume News Christians need more discretion than ever before in our “knowledge diets.” 4 Types of Leaders and Leadership that Thinks Big and Acts Small May we act small and think big at the same time. Should Churches in California Defy Government Restrictions? A Response to John MacArthur Christians can...
Tags: Featured, California, Life, Links, John MacArthur, Gospel Coalition Canada


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Curated links for your weekend reading: What Has COVID-19 Revealed About the North American Church? How will people look back on this period of church history where 1 in 3 Christians choose not to make time to listen to an online worship service from the comfort of their own sofa? Covid, Christians, & the Civil Magistrate Two questions that I’ve seen more than once in recent weeks concern face masks and congregational singing. Should I obey or disobey if the local or state government...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: 5 Reasons to Pray Your Church Would Grow Slowly As you think about your ministry, I’d encourage you to pray for slow growth. Your Seat in Church Is a Seat in Heaven If you belong to Christ, your seat in church is not just a seat in church. It’s a seat in heaven. Pray to See the Church as God Does Though unafraid to exhort and even rebuke fellow Christians, the apostles labored to see (and to help us see) the church as she is in God’s sigh...
Tags: Featured, Life, Church, Links, Islam, Jesus, Christ, Gospel Coalition Canada


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Curated links for your weekend reading: Five Lessons I Learned From a Covid-19 Spike at Our Church This has been extremely challenging as a pastor and leader, and I hope I can share my experience with others who might learn from our mistakes dealing with COVID-19. Here are five lessons I learned. 4 Reasons to Wear a Mask, Even if You Hate It When I look at Scripture I don’t see a mandate about masks, of course, but I see an invitation—to do at least four things. The Rip van Winkle...
Tags: Featured, Life, Links, Canada, Jonathan Edwards, COVID, Winkle Church, Michael Heiser Michael Heiser


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Curated links for your weekend reading: Are Social Justice, Critical Theory, and Christianity Compatible? We’re just now beginning to see the cascading complications that the cascading acceptance of Critical Theory will have on the life and health of the church…If you’re an elder or a leader or a pastor, you are called to shepherd the flock. That means you need to explicitly repudiate these ideas. Is the Sabbath Command Still Relevant? How can I better love God and love my neighbor?T...
Tags: Featured, Life, Links, Tim Keller, Gospel Coalition Canada


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Curated links for your weekend reading: 15 Minutes a Day to Change Your Life I want to encourage you to spend 15 minutes, give or take, on something that when done humbly in light of the Gospel will change your life for the good. 4 Reasons Pastors Ought to Be Gentle In this short article, I’d like to ask pastors to consider cultivating gentleness in their leadership. Let me give you four reasons why, and then propose a road to get there. One Simple Way to Encourage Your Pastor ...
Tags: Featured, Life, Links, Lewis, Gospel Coalition Canada, Grimke, Cautionary Tale of Nikabrik


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Curated links for your weekend reading: The World Needs Healers The world is already burning. It needs fire extinguishers, not firebrands. Be a healer who tends to the wounds of the fighters from both sides. Exit the Echo Chamber. It’s Time to Persuade. There has to be a middle ground between being an online jerk on one side—only interested in “owning” an opposing voice—or a hyper-sensitive snowflake on the other, with no tolerance for their views being challenged.Here are three ways...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: One White Person’s Prayer in Response to George Floyd I’m not qualified to speak to all of the changes that need to take place in our society if we are to deal with racism and take Jesus’ command seriously to love our neighbor. But I offer up the following as a sample prayer that I hope will guide our family’s response in the days to come. Speaking My Blackness It’s horrifying to realize that it took a viral broadcast of a man’s murder to wake ...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: Is Preaching Online to an Empty Room Really Preaching? Virtual worship and its sermons are for a limited time. They come with an expiration date. And, along with other eager pastors, I’ll be glad when that day arrives. The Measure of Missionary Success Remember, the one who reports the most speedy results may not in fact be the most successful worker.The faithful missionary has their eye on the best and most lasting harvest, which will come in ...
Tags: Featured, Life, Links, Canada, Jesus, Fears of Church Planting Wives


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Curated links for your weekend reading: Thank You, Pastors When the light wanes tonight over Toronto and people clang their thanks to essential workers: pastors, I’ll be thanking God for you. The Coming Pastoral Crash I don’t want to be a prophet of doom, but as a minister in touch with many ministers, I see a coming pastoral crash. And I’m not sure we can stop it. (I hope he’s wrong.) Fingerprints I confess that I always harbored the hope that one day, if we remained faithf...
Tags: Featured, Life, Toronto, Links, Christ, Ravi Zacharias, Dane Ortlund, Gospel Coalition Canada, Steve Mathewson


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Curated links for your weekend reading: Blowing Up the 3 B’s What are the metrics for a church’s success? For decades now, pastors have joked about the three B’s: bodies, buildings, and budgets.But what if the three B’s were never a great metric for understanding the health of a local church? Questions for Church Planters About Reopening Here are a few questions to ask before you reopen your church plants. What Theological Hills Should We Be Willing to Die On? How do we disting...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: Ministry Is Never Just a Job Some years ago, a young pastor kindly asked me for advice as he was launching into ministry. I proposed to him three commitments that will not fail to give any pastor strength for the journey. The De-conversion of Saruman: Five Lessons to Learn Perhaps one of the most remarkable (and often overlooked) examples of apostasy is Saruman in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. We can learn a lot about the way de-conversions work...
Tags: Featured, Life, Links, Tolkien, Better Than Before, Saruman, Gospel Coalition Canada, Andrew Emily


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Curated links for your weekend reading: For the Church’s Sake, Don’t Let this Crisis Go to Waste Church leader/ Pastor Elder, can you feel it? Feel that uncertainty of being launched out into the unknown? We have collectively, in the last month in the North American Church, been forced to try and redefine what we think successful ecclesiology looks like. See part one of this two-part series as well. Navigating Different COVID-19 Recovery Convictions Navigating our varying COVID co...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: Strategies for Winter: Redemptive Leadership in Survival Times For leaders of organizations in any of these categories, your focus now should be to survive the winter by building for the ice age. Lessons From Monastic Life For Quarantine Cloistered life is blessed when it’s regulated. We need a rhythm and structure to our day. The Pressure on Pastors During Covid-19 Pastors are dealing with a lot of pressure right now, and many of the pre...
Tags: Featured, Life, Links, Skype, Gospel Coalition Canada


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Curated links for your weekend reading: A Prayer Guide for Pastors Since these traits are so crucial, it seems good and right for the pastor to pray diligently about each of them. To that end, I’ve prepared a prayer guide for pastors that suggests some ways a pastor can pray that he would exemplify these traits. Will the Church’s Digital Wave Continue after the Coronavirus? In this season of isolation, let’s not forget that we long for gathering, for in-person contact, because we wer...
Tags: Featured, Life, Links, Jesus, John, Gospel Coalition Canada, Church 's Digital Wave Continue



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