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RC Sproul on Predestination

I’ll admit it — I have a man-crush on RC Sproul. What an awesome teacher! Last week RC took on a favourite hot-topic among Christians – predestination. Every time I have an Ask The Pastor night this question comes up over and over. It is clearly close to people’s hearts and people want a good answer. Maybe you avoid the […]

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Favourite Devotional Books

I’ve been sharing some of my favourite Christian content recently. I’ve shared Blogs & Podcasts, and now I’d like to share some of my favourite “Devotional Books” (by which I mean “books I use regularly during my quiet times”). Finding books that touch my heart, stir my mind, convict my spirit and bring me closer to Jesus has been a long journey […]

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Favourite Podcasts

In my heart of hearts I’m a student. I loved school and now I  love learning about Jesus and His Church. For me, being a teacher, preacher, leader, vision-caster, etc. isn’t a job but a natural expression of the things God built me to be interested in and impassioned by. I’m energized by reading books, articles, blogs, listening to sermons and other […]

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Favourite Thinker's Blogs

Continued from yesterday… I’ve shown you my favourite Leadership and Christian Living Blogs, but today I want to show you something different. These blogs are more inline with my personal interests, but I think you may find them interesting — I certainly do. These are not Christian bloggers, but they are intelligent, insightful and entertaining. Some of them do, on rare occasion, […]

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My Favourite Christian Living Blogs

  Continued from yesterday: These are, without a doubt, the blogs that have most helped and challenged me to become a deeper person. I’m in awe of the men and women who contribute to these blogs and thankful to God for their insights and passion for growing people in the Christian faith. Remember that on any given webpage you will […]

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My Favourite Leadership Blogs

The internet is full of extremely bad blog writers, but coming across a good one can be a real blessing to spiritual growth and open life to new and challenging ideas. Therefore, I’d like to introduce you to some of my favourite blogs. On a practical note, I’ve been using Google Reader to follow blogs. It’s simple to use, has great interactive […]

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Mega-Churches & Jealous Prayers

I watched this video again (more here) and it reminded me of my struggle with jealousy. I am a writer and a pastor, so this video hits me on both sides.  Jon Acuff, who is a successful Christian author, is talking to Ed Stetzer talks about his struggles with envying other authors, and Stetzer talks about “Ministry Pornography”, which is […]

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Male Eldership

  There’s some confusion among Christians regarding male Eldership and the role of women in the church.  This is a concern to me because it can easily become a divisive topic if it’s not clearly communicated and carefully (and humbly) studied.  I want everyone to understand what God says about the different roles of men and women in the family, […]

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Read My Book "Letters From Jesus" Free

I wrote a book a while back called “Letters from Jesus: A Study of the Seven Churches of Revelation“, and it’s FREE on Google Books to read and download as PDF.  It’s all about how Jesus speaks to us in unique and special ways to encourage, correct, challenge and train us. The book won an “Award of Merit” from The Word […]

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Picking It Up & Putting It Down

  I feel some of you may need to hear the advice I recently gave a friend who is going through a tough time:   “Sometimes we feel bad after praying that God would take our burdens and then picking them back up again after we say “amen”.  We think that there might be a limit on the times we […]

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Christian Conflict Management Tools

I have some friends that are in a difficult place, trying to help some people they know reconcile hurting relationships.  I offered to give them some helpful articles and tools, and believe that they may be able to help others. Some Articles: 1. Conflict Provides Opportunities 2. Peace-breakers, Peace-fakers, and Peacemakers 3. Four Promises of Forgiveness 4. How to Move from Forgiveness to Reconciliation […]

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Christian Meditation: Stopping & Listening

Meditation is a multifaceted and religiously loaded term.  There are many Christians today who shy away from practicing  meditation because they aren’t sure that it’s “allowed”.  Let me assure you it is, and it is the key to developing a deep life and focus on God’s priorities for you. Christian meditation only has two components:  Stopping and Listening.  Other religions […]

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The Story of Robin

I spoke on Meditation this week, beginning with a story of a man named Robin.  Do you see yourself in his story?   Robin wakes up once again to the beeping of the alarm clock, and hits snooze one more to see if he can squeeze out nine more minutes of sleep from his morning.  He didn’t go to bed […]

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The Speed-Dial Principle

While writing this article I was reminded about this song by Casting Crowns called “Does Anybody Hear Her” which seems to hit the nail on the head. Do Churches Still Help? I had a conversation recently where we were discussing the place of “para-church ministries” within the realm of global and local missions and it dawned on me that North […]

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I'm Angry with my Toothpaste

Oh toothpaste, how you have let me down! You promise so many things! In your TV commercials you tell me that no person can respect, love or enjoy the company of someone without shiny, white teeth. You tell me that the reason that I’m not successful in life is because my choppers are too dull. You say that if my […]

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The Complexity of Christianity

I was invited for an “Ask The Pastor” night last week and brought along this handout I’d been working on.  I sat in front of the white board and asked myself “If I am going to help the people in this church grow as Christians, then what does a fully functional disciple of Jesus look like?”  And I started to […]