Author Archive

Rethinking “Rethinking” / J. Pritchett


“Rethinking Rethinking:
Why Rethinking is the most annoyingly
overused word in Evangelical titles and subtitles”

by Johnathan Pritchett

A search at Amazon reveals almost 400 books in the Religion and Spirituality Section with the word “Rethinking” in the title. Many of them are evangelical books on everything from essential doctrines to retirement. Journal databases reveal that the word is popular for articles and essays as well.

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Is *All* church growth kingdom growth? / Unappreciated Pastor


Originally titled:
How to Close the Deal
by Unappreciated Pastor*

It’s no secret that much of church “growth” isn’t kingdom growth at all. New church members often join a church because they have either moved to a new town or are frustrated with the church they are currently in. As pastors we are aware of this. Most pastors don’t seem to mind the fish swapping aquaria.  In fact many pastors just want to see the sanctuary full on Sunday mornings. And if we are not careful, we can resemble a sleazy new car salesman more than a pastor. So that’s the subject of this blog. Let’s call it “How to Close the Deal.”

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Big Men, Big Hearts: Criswell & Bisagno


by Walker Moore
Awe Star Ministries

I had the privilege of speaking at all three services at Houston’s First Baptist the first Sunday of January. I was familiar with this congregation largely because of its longtime pastor, Dr. John Bisagno. A while back, I spoke in the chapel for a youth missions conference. I could never have guessed that I would look out at the congregation to see Dr. Bisagno.

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Harvard Ph.D/TMC professor to lecture @NOBTS


Event Announcement

The Faith Fabric of Creation and the Priority of the Word: A Case for Young Age Creationism

Presented by Dr. Kurt Wise, Professor of Natural History and Director of the Creation Research Center at Truett-McConnell College. Dr. Wise holds a Ph.D. in Paleontology from Harvard University, having trained under Dr. Stephen Jay Gould.

Co-Sponsored by the NOBTS Theological and Historical Division and the Baptist Center for Theology and Ministry.

Friday, February 21, 2014
3:00-4:00 pm
Room 219, Hardin Student Center, NOBTS

NOBTS to offer free, post-event, downloadable audio.

Why I Write as I Do / Unappreciated Pastor


by Unappreciated Pastor
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One thing I am certain of is that I am a sinner. I struggle as a dad, husband, Christian and certainly as a pastor. I think a lot of folks struggle. I don’t live up to my own expectations, much less anyone else’s. The only thing that keeps me sane is a proper understanding of justification by faith through the finished work of Christ on the cross. Romans 5 changed my life.

I am not a very intelligent person, but I do have a quick wit of sorts and can express my thoughts in pithy ways. That’s not necessarily a good thing or a bad thing. That brings me to consider whether my parody account, “The Unappreciated Pastor,” is a good or a bad thing.

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