If you’re listening to a preacher tomorrow, hopefully they’re not trying to lift you up to heaven with their words. (Or worse by the music) Their language should point you instead to the fact that God comes down to us. From William Willimon. The cross is a reminder that there is no eloquent, rhetorically savvy …

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Songs of preparation: Now Thank We All Our God, Sing Unto The Lord A New Song / Psalm 96. Responsive call to worship from Psalm 90 and Romans 10. Praise: At The Name Of Jesus. Corporate prayer of confession. Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: Before The Throne Of God Above; Heidelberg Catechism Q&A …

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Mockingbird have republished an essay about the life of Vincent van Gogh entitled ‘A Life Of Aching Beauty: Vincent van Gogh as Preacher, Failure, and Painter’. The essay explores Van Gogh’s art and life, contrasting the bleakness of his experience with the vibrancy of his works, and drawing some thoughts about seeking transcendence amidst the …

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Paul Tripp has composed a bonus chapter to his book on pastoral ministry, Dangerous Calling. In the chapter he outlines eleven practical steps for pastors to pursue to help them have healthy ministries. The tone of the book, and this chapter is fairly urgent and directive, but I think that’s because Tripp is very concerned …

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