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By John Benton

A Glorious Thought for a Dismal New Year

Perhaps my favorite of John Bunyan’s works is his little volume titled The Jerusalem Sinner Saved. It is really an exposition of Luke 24:47, Luke’s expression of the Great Commission, in which the Lord Jesus tells his disciples to preach the gospel “beginning at Jerusalem.” The people of the city and its leaders had repeatedly rejected, scorned, …

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Marathon Men

How are pastors faring in ministry? Three years ago, through my work with the Pastors’ Academy, I was in touch in an active way with 63 pastors. This autumn I thought it was time to conduct a simple audit of how those same men are getting on. Here are the broad statistics: Of those pastors, …

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The Littlest Birds Sing the Prettiest Songs: Encouragement for Small Churches

We tend to only hear about larger churches and pastors of larger churches. But we should not despise small churches. Actually they can be beautiful. A beautiful church There are two dominant pictures of the church in the NT. These are the picture of a church as a family, and a local church as the …

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Sign of the Times?

Why pastors should ponder the pandemic “Has anything like this ever happened in your days or in the days of your forefathers?” The prophet Joel lambasted the “elders” of his time for their failure to reflect on the unique disaster of their times. Why had God hit Israel with this locust plague (Joel 1:2)? Before …

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