Prioritizing your marriage

The single thing that has impressed me most about John Piper is his recent decision to pull back from ministry for a few months, with only a couple of exceptions. This was in order to put his wife first and spend some proper time with her, disengaged from doing ministry for God, a very godly and wise act. Your marriage is your first ministry calling.  God himself should come before everything, but family comes a close second. Do keep remembering the Pipers in your prayers. I have this week been … [Read more...]

Why your church doesn’t feel like family

Mark Driscoll is at his very best in the following clip. Ever wondered how family and mission entwine, especially in a growing church where you don't know anyone? Ever wished for more intimacy and a greater relational feel in your church? Ever felt neglected and rejected in your church? Ever felt like your church was not your home? Watch this clip and be prepared to be blown away. I love the way he begins: Family is a category of relationship that the world knows nothing about. What's better … [Read more...]

John Piper taking eight-month break from ministry

It was announced yesterday that from May 1 to December 31 John Piper will be taking a step back from his ministry for a prolonged period to refocus his priorities. I respect and admire the humility, honesty, and commitment this represents. No one, not even Piper, is indispensable to God's mission. But every husband is irreplaceable to his wife. This was also well explained in the second half of yesterday's sermon, the video of which is below. I recommend you watch the whole video as this is a … [Read more...]

Jubilee Church St. Louis – A Home Away From Home

One of the joys of being a Christian is that we have brothers and sisters all over the world. One of the delights in being in a family of churches like Newfrontiers, which has a strong set of core values and a shared story, is that such ties are even stronger. Call it shared DNA, call it living in the shadow of Terry Virgo, whose example permeates the movement, or call it whatever you want, it is certainly very tangible.  From the moment I arrived in town and was met by a regular member who had … [Read more...]

St. Joseph, Jeff Gates, and Micah Fries

I have had a great time here in St. Joseph, Missouri.  I traveled down with two men who I now call dear friends, Jeff Gates, the pastor at Living Hope Church, St. Joseph and Ben Roed, who with his lovely wife Peggy, are serving in Living Hope and are being well trained by Jeff. It was wonderful to see how clearly Peggy and Ben complement each other. They are relatively newly married, but it was obvious to see how much of a support Peggy is to him, and how her strengths will continue to … [Read more...]

Gossip vs. Flattery

R. Kent Hughes: Gossip involves saying behind a person’s back what you would never say to his or her face.Flattery means saying to a person’s face what you would never say behind his or her back.Disciplines of a Godly Man, p. 139via Justin Taylor. … [Read more...]

Matt Chandler On The Role Of Men

I recently listened to these three talks from Chandler about how us men should be. As Matt puts it himself, in these talks he is "going after" us. If you are a woman, suggest your husband listens to these but don't nag him about it.  If you are a man, stop what you are doing and prepare to be as challenged as I was. May God help us all to live in the good of this message and make us better husbands and fathers:Defining Masculinity (transcript) Men as Husbands (transcript) Men as Fathers … [Read more...]

Conflict Resolution Requires Spirit-Filling

Today's quote from the Doctor is on the subject of conflict resolution. Writing about Ephesians 5, Lloyd-Jones stresses the source of the only true solution for human conflicts:The world is characterized by divisions, by clashes, everybody wanting to be first, everybody wanting to be important. That is, of course, the main cause of all the problems and the difficulties that are confronting the world at this present time. Now the Apostle’s statement asserts that there is really only one solution … [Read more...]

Rebuilding Marriages – Following the Manual

This sermon is a real treat to watch. So much Christian teaching on marriage is based purely on human wisdom, and amounts to repacked psychological insights. Actually, I have no problem with us learning from such thoughts--since after all if Proverbs tells us to learn from the ants, we can with discernment learn from anywhere. BUT, we must first get our foundations right before we learn the superficial principles. As such, I commend this sermon from my friend and pastor, Tope Koleoso. In it … [Read more...]

Don't Try And Marry The Church, She's Already Taken.

This is a note especially to all you pastors out there, but also to many keen church members. Are you married to your ministry job? Are you married to your church? Well, if you are, do you realize that Jesus is your rival? The church is pledged to be married to him. And you have probably already been married to another woman yourself, in any case. Have you ever considered that it is possible to commit spiritual adultery by neglecting your bride in favor of Christ's? You are not so foolish as … [Read more...]


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