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How has God prepared you for pastoring during a pandemic?

“You must live with people to know their problems, and live with God in order to solve them.” —P. T. Forsyth Good Friday is a week from today; Easter comes in nine days. It will be the first Easter in history to be celebrated primarily online. How do we “live with people” when we must […]

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Should churches apply for CARES funds?

This paper is intended to help churches and ministries as they consider whether to accept CARES funds. (NOTE: The information at that link changes nearly daily.) These funds are available through the US Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, which is part of the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which consists of $349 […]

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VIDEO: A practical conversation with Nils Smith on how to do digital church

Nils Smith is an author, speaker, vlogger, podcaster, and consultant. He has a passion to come alongside church leaders and organizations in helping them maximize social media and new technologies in accomplishing their goals. His desire is to not just function in strategy development, but to partner in hands-on execution.

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Dealing with doubts: Coronavirus and my favorite prayer in Scripture

Topical Scripture: Mark 9:14-29 Delivered March 22, 2020 There is so much we don’t know about the COVID-19 pandemic. We don’t know when cases in the US will peak or how long they will last afterwards. We don’t know if surviving a COVID-19 infection means we gain long-lasting immunity or if we can become re-infected. […]

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Help for responding to the coronavirus pandemic

Like you, I have been following the coronavirus pandemic not just as a Christian and a minister, but also as the leader of a local congregation. The chapel where I preach on weekends has made the decision to suspend services until further notice; we will be providing my sermons and other resources through video recordings […]

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VIDEO: Responding to the coronavirus and preparing for Easter

Pastor Mark Turman and Dr. Jim Denison discuss how pastors and church leaders and prepare for Easter in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Preparing for the ever-recurring, ever-new story of Easter

This year will constitute the thirty-fourth time I have preached on Easter Sunday. I have felt four conflicting emotions each time. One is excitement, of course, at the privilege of preaching on the resurrection to the largest crowds of the year. There is no greater honor than to honor the risen Lord. And preaching to […]

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A restaurant manager’s question we should ask ourselves often

As a friend and I were leaving a restaurant the other night, I heard one of the managers ask another guest how their meal was. This is a common question in such establishments, of course. Then I heard the manager ask, “What could we have done better?” I have never before heard this question asked […]

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VIDEO: What does the Bible say about racism? A conversation with pastor Charles Wattley

Dr. Jim Denison, Pastor Mark Turman, and Pastor Charles Wattley discuss what the Bible says about racism.

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The vision of A Pastor’s View

Dr. Denison and I are collaborating for this clear purpose: to edify pastors and church leaders so they can serve the church and world well.  Edify means to “build up, to make stronger, or healthier.” When I started out in ministry, my pastor and mentor, the late Paul Powell, once told me, “Church ministry is a […]