What Did Jesus Suffer? And Why?

What Did Jesus Suffer? And Why?

About seven hundred years before Jesus died on the cross, Isaiah wrote about the event in extraordinary detail… Who has believed our message? To whom has the LORD revealed his powerful arm? My servant grew up in the LORD’s presence like a tender green...
Keep Your Passion for Jesus Boiling Hot

Keep Your Passion for Jesus Boiling Hot

I spent well over a decade of my adult life subscribing to an approach to theology that elevated logic and reason while deemphasizing emotion and feeling. It pitted objective truth against subjective experience as though the two were enemies. And here’s the...
What Is It That Breaks Your Heart?

What Is It That Breaks Your Heart?

Martin Luther King, Jr. was so moved by the plight of black people in America that he gave his life leading a civil rights movement. Mother Teresa was so crushed by the poverty she saw in Calcutta that she spent her life there ministering to the poor. John Knox was so...
5 Ways to Recover Your Passion for Pastoral Leadership

5 Ways to Recover Your Passion for Pastoral Leadership

I’ve been there. I’ve been burned out and depressed, discouraged and defeated. I’ve led in atmospheres where every creative idea was smothered by questions rooted in fear. I’ve been distracted by secondary interests. I’ve given into my...
10 Ways to Raise the Spiritual Temperature of Your Church

10 Ways to Raise the Spiritual Temperature of Your Church

There is a cold, hard fact I remind myself of often as a Pastor. No one does more to determine the spiritual temperature of my church than me, the Pastor. It’s part of shepherding. I’m the lid. I’m the limit. I define passion as the heated desire...
Passionate Leadership Is Highly Biblical

Passionate Leadership Is Highly Biblical

One of my favorite little Bible verses might seem somewhat obscure, but in its original language, it’s packed with meaning. Paul wrote to the Romans, “I am eager to come and preach the gospel to you…” (Romans 1:16) The word translated as eager...

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