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Significant Books for Pastors in 2017

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"Real reading of real books, reading designed to augment the reader's creative strength, never loses it power." Wise words from David Mikics, who wrote Slow Reading In a Hurried Age to help us slow down and reap the rewards that careful reading brings. My focus in this post is "real books" for pastorsnot necessarily "best books" (best for what?), but significant books publ...

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Repeat the Sounding Joy

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I remember the first time I heard "Joy to the World." I don't mean the very first time. After all, it's such a popular Christmas carol it's hard to have not heard some recording of it if you live in the Western world. And I grew up in church, so I went from garbling the words as a young child to singing them accurately but mindlessly as a young adult. What I'm referring to...

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Remembering R.C. Sproul

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The first time I met R.C. Sproul, I was nervous. Like so many, I had been deeply and profoundly affected by his bookThe Holiness of God. I have vivid memories of where I was the first time I read it. I was overcome. Tears streamed down my face. I was so affected that not long after, I announced to the church I was serving that we would embark on a new sermon series unlike ...

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Celebrating 20 Years: 4th Quarter Mission Fund Video

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There are moments that need to be marked and celebrated because they capture something distinctive, not unique, but distinctive about our family of churches. Our first Sovereign Grace Pastors College class was convened in September 1997. Yes, that's right, 20 years ago a context was created to intentionally train and equip our pastors. I think you will agree; this is a mom...

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Pray Unceasingly

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Our mission in Sovereign Grace is to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ by planting and strengthening churches throughout the world for the glory of God. It's not a unique mission, but it's our mission, and to fulfill it we need God's strength, wisdom, provision, and help. Therefore, to fulfill the mission that Jesus gave us, we must pray as Jesus prayed. In his book, Know...

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3rd Quarter Mission Video

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At times it's good to be reminded of why we exist as a family of churches. We exist to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ by planting and strengthening churches throughout the world for the glory of God. But we do that together, as a family of churches. In John 13:35 Jesus says, "By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." On...

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"True Feelings" by Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Whitacre

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Recently, Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Whitacre released their latest book, True Feelings: God's Gracious and Glorious Purpose for Our Emotions. It is such an honor for me to have this opportunity to recommend this book to you. Their writing is filled with humility, as they recognize God has created every one of us as unique individuals. They are quick to say they don't hav...

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Update from Puerto Rico

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On September 20, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico. The storm's destruction changed the lives of thousands of Puerto Ricans and left a majority of the population without clean water and electricity. It was and continues to be devastating. My friend and fellow pastor, Joselo Mercado, has spent time helping friends and family all over the island. Joselo pastors a...

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Michael Reeves to teach at the Pastors College

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The Reformation,March 6-9, 2018, taught byMichael Reeves. We can think of no more relevant topic to explore in the coming year, and no more qualified person to teach it. Mike is an esteemed church historian who has written broadly on several topics, but especially on the Reformation. Mark Dever called his book,The Unquenchable Flame: Discovering the Heart of the Reformati...

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Puerto Rico Relief Fund

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On September 20, Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico leaving in its path mass destruction. As of now, only 15% of the island has power. In addition, water, fuel, and basic necessities are still in short supply. It will take months, maybe years, to rebuild Puerto Rico. The needs are real, and the people of Puerto Rico need our help. In our family of churches, we hav...

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