Category: Start2Finish Blog
Michael Goes to Minnesota

Michael Goes to Minnesota

I attend 4-6 of our lectureships, et al., a year and have for several years. The pointed finger of our convicting preaching at these events seems aimed at the rest of the ...

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6 Ways to Deal with Criticism in Ministry

6 Ways to Deal with Criticism in Ministry

If you are in ministry, receiving criticism is inevitable. Some of it is healthy and must be heeded. Some of it is worthless and must be ignored. I think the vast majority of it ...

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Think On These Things

Think On These Things

In my youth, I was blessed to have several older Christians who gave me advice for practical Christian living. Now, it's time I remind them of some of that same advice.

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What Can I Do?

What Can I Do?

Guest Author: Jason Sadler Once people have responded to the shock of events like these recent school shootings with the question “How can this happen?,” they often move on to ...

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How Could This Happen?

How Could This Happen?

Guest Author: Jason Sadler In recent weeks, we have been exposed to incomprehensible evil. These actions, perpetrated by a few individuals have led many to question, “How Could ...

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Avoid Foolish Questions

Avoid Foolish Questions

In graduate school, I read a short, small book that was of immense value. In it, the author encouraged theological students to respect the Christians in their churches and not to ...

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Out in the Cold

Out in the Cold

Having experienced a bit of suffering in my life, may I let you in on a little secret about suffering? It's not pleasant. In fact, suffering stinks. All suffering. I'm not in ...

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Under Siege

Under Siege

Preacher, are you feeling burned out? Do you feel dead inside? You might never admit it to yourself, but has the Gospel ceased to inspire you? Preacher, do you feel under ...

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I Believe You

I Believe You

Guest Author: Steve Black In recent weeks, there has been a flood of news around the country involving the sexual abuse of individuals. Most of this has come from the ...

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Face to Face

Face to Face

Anyone can criticize from afar, and it's become depressingly easy to do so. Perhaps, as Christians, we should adopt a policy of only criticizing in person, face to face, in ...

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Have We Left Our First Love?

Have We Left Our First Love?

I remember the day that I became a bride. It was the second Saturday of May, more than a few years ago. On that day, I married the man who had stolen my heart; the one who still ...

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Love is the Weapon of Choice

Love is the Weapon of Choice

Making a statement on sin does not erode Christian love; it intensifies it.

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