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  • How to Not Hear the Holy Spirit

    “I feel like the Lord is leading me to do it.” Those were my friend’s parting words to me. I told him not to follow this leading, but he’d had an experience he “really felt was from the Lord.” I tried to explain what the Bible had to say about his choice. In fact, many […]

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  • Call Evil What it Is

    This was from a message I preached at Grace City Church. It was an outdoor service and the audio is a bit messy, but you can hear it here. “Well you know what the problem is?” She said. Silence hung in the air as this matronly, southern hostess spoke. It was the day after Thanksgiving, and we were […]

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  • That One Time I Spoke with Tim Keller

    A while back my publisher The Good Book Company put together an event where I got to dish with Tim Keller and Richard Coekin on urban church planting. Here’s the vid.  

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  • 3 Lessons from Papa Bill

    I loved my Papa Bill. This week, after 86 years of life, his body gave way to the entropy of time. When I found out the end was near I got in my car and drove to Florida from Boston. Normally I don’t make that trip by car, but having just been hit with a […]

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  • The Headache and Hope of Multi-Ethnic Ministry

    This post was one I wrote for my pals over at The Gospel Coalition. Recently my denomination of churches, Every Nation, gathered for our global get-together in Cape Town, South Africa. There was a tangible buzz in the air among the 5,000 or so delegates. Most striking was the diversity of the room. As the conference opened, a […]

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  • Football, Fellowship, and Farces

    I love John Piper. His book Desiring God, stirred in me a passion to pursue pleasure in the person and work of Jesus Christ probably more than anyone. Admonishing us to not waste our lives on the frivolity and farces popular culture offers, his focus on the message of desiring God above all has been so refreshing — […]

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  • 5 Ways to Help Refugees Right Now

    There’s a lot of chatter on social media about President Trump’s executive action. So, in an effort to turn passion into Kingdom action, I humbly submit for your consideration five steps we can take right now to be helpful toward this cause: Donate A lot of great, godly charities are funneling money and resources to […]

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  • How To Behave Online. Or Not.

    These last few months have been a harrowing time to be online. If you’re social media savvy, chances are you’ve gotten sucked into scrolling through political, social, sexual, and moral filth. And, if you’ve gotten sucked into the any of the aforementioned nonsense, you’ve probably seen your fellow follower of Jesus step in it a time […]

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  • Of Discipleship and Destiny

    It was a fresh, autumn day. “Fresh” is that euphemism that Scots use to describe utterly terrible, grey, rainy weather that most other places in the world would deride. Call it a coping mechanism. Anyway, it was fresh with a bit of sun that day. I just moved to Edinburgh with my wife, our three-month-old daughter, […]

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  • Four People Who Encouraged Me Yesterday

    I found encouragement in four very unlikely places yesterday. Donald Trump On my way into work I listened to Trump’s victory speech. It was humble, and I was frankly stunned. He said nice things about Mrs. Clinton. NICE THINGS. His words were a welcome contrast to the divisive and ugly things he’s said in the past. […]

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  • 3 Reasons We Must Fight for Joy in God

    “To the world, the dejected Christian seems to accuse God and His service, as if he openly called Him a rigorous, hard, unacceptable Master, and His work a sad unpleasant thing… You are born and new born for God’s honor; and will you thus dishonor Him before the world?”   Richard Baxter, 1830. I’m going to […]

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  • The Mission Has a Spirit

    Imagine the profound idiocy of a general sending troops into battle with no weapons, radios, or air power. Such is the situation with much of modern church planting, I fear. In a quick survey of the last ten books I’ve read on church planting, not more than 5% of the total text had anything to […]

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  • Can a Christian Be Patriotic?

    I remember the little church we would frequent had two flags: one American, one Christian. One Fourth of July weekend, I clearly remember singing the National Anthem and the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Church and State were partners in those days, and the patriotism seemed to go hand-in-hand with Christianity. And, in many churches […]

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  • 7 Things We Christians Simply Must Stop Saying

    I like words. I also like philosophy — logic, particularly. My twin affinities have caused my to head throb over some of what passes for Christian lingo. So, in order to alleviate my headache and help my brethren and sisteren (?) clean up their language, I humbly offer this exhaustive list of things Christians need […]

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  • 4 Ways Rest is Resistance

    “I’ve got 10 lonely seconds to justify my whole existence.” That’s what Harold Abrahams famously stated in the movie Chariots of Fire. He ran, chasing his worth. We’re just like him, I’m afraid. So much of our doing — heck, of my doing — is a chasing. But in the gospel we find an invitation to […]

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