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The ONE Way to Improve Your Teaching and Writing

Sometimes referred to as the “Prince of Preachers,” Charles Spurgeon was famed for preaching at his church in London to crowds of more than six thousand people. With more than twenty-five hundred of his sermons published, this famous preacher has more books in print than any other pastor in history.

In one account from Spurgeon’s life, a young pastor approached the famed preacher and asked if he’d listen to him teach and provide feedback of his presentation.

Spurgeon agreed.

The young pastor preached a passionate sermon. He waited in excited expectation for Spurgeon’s response.

Spurgeon observed that while the sermon was well-delivered and well-prepared, it was poor.

The young pastor pressed Spurgeon to know why. Continue Reading...

5 Wild Facts about the Early Church

Like a rollercoaster, our #LentChallenge has led us up a steep climb the past three weeks. Clicking us to the top, we’re about to take a whirlwind, spiraling adventure through the remaining books of the New Testament—all of which have one thing in common: the early church.

Beginning with Acts and winding through the epistles, we are about to catch a snapshot of church history, witness the power of the Holy Spirit, and fall even more in love with God along the way.

Are you in?

I hope so.

Even if you’ve fallen a wee-bit behind, that’s okay! Keep reading. You’ve got this.

Here are 5 wild facts about the early church that you should read before you buckle your seatbelt: Continue Reading...

Bet You Didn’t Know These 5 Facts about John’s Gospel

A couple of years ago, I fell in love with John’s poetic and captivating writing style. I poured over his gospel in preparation for the 6 session DVD Bible study, Pursuing God’s Beauty: Stories from the Gospel of John.

You know,

If you want theology, read Paul.

If you want ethics, read James.

But if you want love, read John. [Tweet this]

Before we begin, here are 5 things you should know about John’s Gospel: Continue Reading...

You Don't Want to Miss This

Today.

The day we come together as an expectant community to unwrap the story of God.

We never expected the thousands of individuals, churches, small groups, families, youth groups, and more who are joining in the #LentChallenge.

Still not sure if the #LentChallenge is for you?

I don’t know exactly what the next 40 days will look like in your life. You may be facing a pile of bills, a heart-wrenching diagnosis, the pieces of a broken relationship, a schedule that just.won’t.stop.

But I do know that God has something wonderful in store for you and for me. Verses that will breathe life to your soul. Passages that will come alive in a whole new way. Facets of Jesus’ character that will seep their way into your heart. Challenges and convictions. Whispers and echoes.

And here’s the one requirement: Continue Reading...

A Whole New Way To Think About Fear That Changes Everything We've Been Taught

A baby bird flew into our house.

I’d left the back door open to drink in the crisp air never expecting a winged creature to begin whizzing through various rooms, perching on door frames, staring at me from the ceiling fan.

Leif and I tried everything we knew to scoot our new friend to safety. The tiny bird didn't understand that the dashing was dangerous. The distrust made it more difficult to set him free.

The incident reminded me that we do this sometimes, too. Continue Reading...