Life Calling: Are You Sinning and Don’t Know It?

Stop what you're doing! Set down that cinnamon-crunch bagel! Step away from that stapler! I hate to be the one to tell you this about your life calling, but there's a good chance you're sinning right now and don't even know it.I'm not saying you're checking your inbox or browsing the blogosphere while adjusting your ski mask for the next bank heist. If you are, good luck with that. I'm not even suggesting that you're about to take yet another swig from that flask of Jim Beam you've got … [Read more...]

The Orphan Sunday Kit: Helping Pastors Preach about the Adoption Journey

The Orphan Sunday Kit Adoption Journey

When was the last time you heard a sermon about adoption? I know that for me, it's been awhile. Maybe never, now that I think of it. And I've lived my entire life in Evangelical churches.I've heard a lot of sermons about going to the mission fields overseas, but few about the adoption process that can bring that mission field to us and that displays the gospel firsthand in a way few things can.But things are changing, thank God. Over the last decade, adoption has moved more into the … [Read more...]

The Salvation Box: Should Life Calling Produce Abundant Living?

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Ugh.For far too many Christians, "ugh" accurately captures their take on how they spend most of their time. It's as if they keep the freeing impact of the gospel on their life calling locked away somewhere -- in The Salvation Box -- so that they never truly know abundant living.Call it work, call it career, call it a job -- whatever you call it, many people would prefer not to answer the call at all. Instead, they endure existence reluctantly, longing for the weekend or some escape a … [Read more...]

Manhood Restored: A Review of Eric Mason’s New Book

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It sounds like the beginning of a politically incorrect joke.A Black Nationalist, a psychologist, and a preacher walk into a bar.... In this case, however, they are all the same person. His name is Eric Mason. And he has written a book, Manhood Restored: How the Gospel Makes Men Whole, drawn from that eclectic background that delivers a much-needed message to men in Christ's church today: Rise up, men. The world is waiting.Eric Mason is a former Black Nationalist and holds a degree in … [Read more...]

Grace-based Parenting: A Review of “Connecting Church and Home”

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It's about time!That's what I thought as I read the wisdom-packed pages of Tim Kimmel's latest book Connecting Church & Home.  Tim Kimmel is the founder of Family Matters and long-time cheerleader for grace-based parenting. You can check out the Family Matters site here for a lot of valuable parenting resources.Connecting Church & Home is a quick, easy read that should be required for any family ministry leader. For that matter, any pastor who claims to care about families in the … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Pastor’s Wife: What She Really Wants

Shannon Milholland

While I am equipping ministry leaders in Guam, I'm privileged to feature a post from my friend Shannon Milholland here at FaithWalkers. Shannon is a morning runner, an afternoon carpooler and all-day lover of Jesus.She is the voice of Jesus & My Orange Juice, a fresh-squeezed oasis for ordinary living. Shannon finds joy among piles of laundry and miles of carpools and delights in leading others to this place of contentment in life, through the written and spoken word.Connect with her … [Read more...]

Interview with Brad Lomenick, Catalyst CEO: The Catalyst Leader & Calling

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I recently had the privilege to talk with Brad Lomenick, CEO of Catalyst. His new book  The Catalyst Leader: 8 Essentials for Becoming a Change Maker is, in itself, a change maker. My review will follow in the coming days.If you haven't yet attended one of the Catalyst conferences, you simply must do whatever it takes to get there.Given my own faith journey and interest in helping people find their calling, the subject of his first chapter, we drilled down into that topic during our time … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Church Planting Rev: Interview with Dan Nichols

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Ever wonder what's it really like to be a church planting pastor? Today we hear the confessions of one of the bright lights in the Evangelical world who's doing just that.I had the privilege of teaching and mentoring Dan Nichols through his years as a high school student where he led the school's worship efforts. It's been a delight to watch him grow, first as Student Body President at Baptist Bible College and now as he follows God's call to plant a fresh church with a team in Wilkes … [Read more...]


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