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Renew Your Mind

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2 ESV). For the longest time, we have interpreted this verse as meaning that reading the Bible transforms the […]

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Sermon Illustration: plane crash survivors risk lives to get their bags

Plane Crash Survivors Endanger Lives to Get Their Bags

Why are we so obsessed with our possessions? Even in life-or-death emergencies, people will risk their lives—and even the lives of those around them—just to save their stuff. Tim Challies wrote a great article describing one example of this in a recent plane crash: On August 3, 2016, Emirates airlines flight 521 crashed at Dubai […]

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Tricks to Redeem Halloween

3 Tricks to Redeem Halloween

Pumpkins. Costumes. Candy. Tick-or-treating. Halloween always takes me back to my childhood with my three brothers dressed as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jedi Knights, and G.I. Joes. Every year we canvased the neighborhood for hours collecting as much candy as possible. Then, we came home to divide our spoils, and binge eat sugar to the […]

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time on sermon preparation

How Much Time Should Pastors Spend on Sermon Prep?

How much time should a pastor spend each week preparing their sermon? I have heard seminary professors say that you should spend an hour for every minute you preach. But by that logic, a 30-minute sermon would require 30 hours! So how much time should you spend on sermon prep? The short answer is: there’s […]

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