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That’s Odd: On Bias Against Single Pastors

A friend wrote me about how I would respond to the recent New York Times article chronicling the frustration of singles pursing pastoral positions. I probably came to his mind because I am both single and a pastor. I am completing 14 years as senior pastor at Bethel Church—a church who bucked the apparent bias…

Where It Began

What happens in the end is breathtaking. It’s all about the Father and the Son. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father. Verse 28 gives a little more detail. When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him [God the Father] who put…

The Gospel That Saves

Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sin. Heb. 9:22. That sounds ominous but it is a verse filled with hope. What? Sins can be forgiven? How? Implicit here is a wonderful truth. It doesn’t say the guilty party has to shed their blood, but somebody has to die for what was…

We’re Corinthians

What is most remarkable about these verses is that they are even here at all. This whole letter is a scathing rebuke. This church was seriously messed up in nearly every category. We have spent two years studying all of their dysfunction. And yet the last words Paul has to say to them is, My love…