Topic: Ministry

Key Connections

Key Connections (July 6, 2018)

How to Make a Mature Disciple (John Piper, Desiring God) God inspired a book — not a video. He inspired a book, and the book is made up of sentences, and paragraphs, and words, and they’re connected in certain ways so that they have meaning, from God Almighty, into the brains […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (April 6, 2018)

If They Fell, So Can You: How Sin Seduced the Strongest, Wisest, and Godliest (Garrett Kell, Desiring God) If Satan cannot tempt you into a great sin, he will settle for a small one, because he knows that small sins pave the way to greater ones. Callousness grows in small degrees. […]


The Ambition of Judas Iscariot

The following is an adaptation from Pastor Colin’s book Heaven, So Near—So Far: The Story of Judas Iscariot (Christian Focus Publications), from the perspective of Judas. Learn more about this story and purchase the book and audiobook! From my earliest days, I wanted people to know who I was. Thousands […]


Why Christians Should Not Get Angry with the Lost

Imagine for a moment that you are responsible for parking at the Super Bowl. The cars are jammed in, bumper-to-bumper, and when the game is over, your job is to clear the parking lot as quickly and as safely as possible. Your strategy is simple: As soon as the drivers […]


Overwhelming Joy in Ministry

One of our biggest challenges in ministry is that it’s often difficult to know what comes from our work. It’s easy for builders. In the morning, bricks lie scattered on the building site, and by evening a wall has been built! The builder has the satisfaction of seeing clear and […]


How to Minister to Someone Whose Faith Is Under Fire

Your faith is always under fire. It is always being pounded, and that can happen in one of two ways. Trials. “We sent Timothy…to strengthen and encourage you in your faith so that no one would be unsettled by these trials” (1 Thessalonians 3:2). The Tempter. “For this reason, when I could […]

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Pouring Water on the Hands of our Predecessors

One of my African American students at Crossroads will soon be replacing his current pastor, who is retiring from some 35 years at the same church. The experience of pastoral calling among African American churches and their ministers are quite different from traditional white Evangelical churches. Most African American pastors […]

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Five Keys to Perseverance When You Are Weary in Serving

Our family vacation could not have arrived at a better time. I was feeling worn out, discouraged, and depleted from the daily grind. Day in and day out, each 24-hour period seemed packed to the brim with activities, work, and other commitments. There never seemed to be enough time in […]