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    Trevin Wax from LifeWay guest hosts the show and discusses the philosophy behind the new Christian Standard Bible. They also discuss the implications of a church having an official Bible translation and why it can be helpful. This episode brought to you by the Christian Standard Bible.   Subscribe: iTunes ● Google Play Follow us on Twitter: @estchurch, @jowiki, @micahfries, and @samrainer.   Read more [...]
  This week I defend my dissertation. Finally. Assuming all goes well, I’ll earn a Ph.D. in leadership. I look forward to playing with my children and sleeping once again. I’m grateful to Dallas Baptist University and Dr. Adam Wright, my committee chair—incredible influences shaping me into a better leader. If you’re considering a school, then DBU should be on your list. My topic and dissertation title is “Legacy Church Leadership in the Southern Baptist Convention.” At some Read more [...]
    How can pastors know who to trust in the church? Is it ok for a pastor to be friends with people in the congregation? We break down this sometimes emotional but necessary topic for local church pastors. This episode brought to you by the Christian Standard Bible and Simple Church Tools.   Subscribe: iTunes ● Google Play Follow us on Twitter: @estchurch, @jowiki, @micahfries, and @samrainer. Read more [...]
  A statistic looms over my denomination: About 80% of our churches are either declining or plateaued. I want to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. I’m doing my best to shepherd my church to be more effective at reaching and keeping people. It’s not easy, but I love every day of the effort. We should celebrate the 20% of growing churches in our denomination, but this post is about the larger group—those declining and plateaued. The urgency is palpable when people quote Read more [...]
    On this episode, we break down the actual delivery of a sermon. We touch on topics such as safety blankets and rituals, pre-preaching thoughts, and what to eat before preaching.   This episode brought to you by the Christian Standard Bible and Simple Church Tools.   Subscribe: iTunes ● Google Play Follow us on Twitter: @estchurch, @jowiki, @micahfries, and @samrainer.   Read more [...]