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Rear View Mirror Monday: On Planting a Church #9

It’s the question I get asked most often by young, aspiring church planters — “If you had to do it over again, what would you do — or not do — differently?” It is in answer to that question that I’ve been using Mondays to post my “rearview mirror” perspective on that issue. So today, here’s installment […]

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Calling Them Out: Should Shepherds Expose Wolves By Name? [Part 4]

Part 4 When and How It’s hard to imagine anyone with a hint of biblical allegiance reviewing the overwhelming thread of evidence in the New Testament letters and coming away saying, “It’s not a pastor’s job to protect the sheep, and spotting and labeling the wolves isn’t part of his duty.” Yet, tragically, that is […]

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Calling Them Out: Should Shepherds Expose Wolves By Name? [Part 3]

Part 3 The People of the New Testament Church Letters The pattern of the New Testament letters is accented by the people in those very letters. Specifically, we see two false teachers called out in 1 Timothy 1—Hymenaeus and Alexander. These two were said to have “put away faith,” having “shipwrecked” it (vs. 19-20). Paul even […]

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Calling Them Out: Should Shepherds Expose Wolves By Name? [Part 2]

[Read part 1 here] Part 2 So let’s ask the obvious question—is it biblical for pastors to “call out” false teachers? My answer, in a nutshell, is yes. But first, a few qualifiers. Because terminology matters in this discussion, it is important to understand that I don’t personally view holding someone accountable to what they […]

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Calling Them Out: Should Shepherds Expose Wolves by Name? [Part 1]

Many believers, in our thought processes, are more American than Christian. We are, too often, more cultural than biblical. Admittedly, I’d be the first to confess my own struggle with this; I find it a regular battle to renew my mind so that I’m transformed instead of letting my life be conformed to the world (Rom 12:1-2). One of […]

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The Genius of a Simple Kid

I think kids should write the IRS Tax Code. And I think they should oversee political debates, as well as approve all assembly instructions and troubleshooting manuals for products, appliances, and technical devices. Why? Because nobody can say it as simple as a child. In fact, I can’t tell you the number of times we’ve […]

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