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Religious Affections (about)

  • David de Bruyn - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 7:00am
    How do we decide between these competing definitions of beauty? As Christians, we would firstly say that we cannot be satisfied with a definition of beauty abstracted from God. Beauty must be defined in relation to God. For that reason, special revelation (Scripture) must define beauty in general revelation (nature and art), not the other […]
  • David Huffstutler - Mon, 09/21/2020 - 7:00am
    Titus 1:6–9 is a key passage for determining who may or may not be a pastor in a church. Titus 1:6 describes how a pastor leads his family, and Titus 1:7–8 describes his character. Titus 1:7 lists five character traits that a pastor should not have, and Titus 1:8 lists six that he should. In […]
  • Kevin T. Bauder - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 1:39pm
    Kevin T. Bauder Pastors work with people, so they need personal skills. Pastors work with churches as organizations, so they need administrative skills. More than anything else, however, pastors work with ideas. They do the work of the mind. At minimum, they seek to grasp the meaning of God’s Word and to communicate it to […]
  • Scott Aniol - Wed, 09/16/2020 - 7:00am
    The way that you live will be controlled ultimately by your image of the good life—what it means to really flourish and prosper, And, in particular, your image of what it means to flourish in relation to God’s rule is what controls your life. This is what we have been seeing from Psalm 1 over […]
  • David de Bruyn - Tue, 09/15/2020 - 7:00am
    Defining beauty is no easy task. A definition of beauty or the beautiful has eluded the grasp of those who wish a definition with mathematical precision. This more than two-millennia-old discussion remains open, and no definition has satisfied its perennial participants or become the final word. Among those who venture to define it, we can […]
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Thoughts on Theology (about)

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Stuff Out Loud

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Institute for Nouthetic Studies Blog (about)

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Institute of Biblical Leadership(about)

  • Dave Deets - Mon, 09/21/2020 - 9:54am

    “Flatten the curve,” “slow the spread,” “we’re all in this together,” “social-distancing,” “mask-up”—all of these phrases were not in our vocabulary at the start of 2020, but here we are with a whole new set of buzz words.  COVID-19 has rocked the world like a devastating global earthquake.  Everyone has needed to adjust their way of life and way of working. 

    A leader’s ability to respond wisely to the ever-changing world in which they minister determines the effectiveness of the organization they lead.  This has been made abundantly clear through the challenges of COVID-19.  At IBL we have the dual challenge of adapting our own organization and its ministries even as we simultaneously come alongside leaders and organizations who are drastically adapting their ministries.  We are responding in a number of important ways.

    Engaging our International Partners.  One of the biggest challenges we have faced is in our International Training ministries.  Thus far we’ve needed to postpone four international training conferences due to COVID-19 traveling restrictions.  The multitude of...

  • Guest Contributor - Mon, 09/21/2020 - 9:48am

    Our first engagement with IBL was sixteen years ago.  Through that process and in the years since, it has become abundantly clear that Father is using this ministry to do exactly what they state on their website:  to overcome ministry barriers, discern God’s direction, and become as God desires. We at FiveStone Community Church have experienced all of these up close and personal as IBL has walked side-by-side with us through both very challenging situations as well as positive times of ministry.


    We initially reached out to IBL during a very difficult and tumultuous time in the life of our church. I had followed the founding pastor of thirty-two years. After three years as the Senior Pastor, I began to lead the church through a relocation process. The concept and plan was initially embraced with enthusiasm and excitement. Our church had experienced rapid growth in the prior three years and the new location and associated ministry strategy would enable the church to continue reaching more young families.


    During the relocation process it became evident that a small group of the leadership...

  • David Phelan - Mon, 09/21/2020 - 9:38am

    Last year I spoke with you about the need to grow our staff to serve the increasing number of leaders asking us for assistance.  In this article I provide more details and a status report of the growth initiative we have undertaken.  I also ask you to consider helping us reach our support goal.

    The Need

    The reach and impact of IBL has expanded considerably since its founding in 1987.  Our small staff and team of volunteers are now developing and encouraging leaders on every continent. Yet the need for equipping and supporting leaders both here in the U.S. and around the world continues to grow.  For several years we have functioned at and beyond our capacity, yet all of us sense that God wants us to do more.

    Our heart is to broadly impact
    the next generation of ministry leaders
    by becoming the preferred organization
    for ministry leadership
    and ministry-team development.

    This desire is not spurred by self-aggrandizement but by a Holy-Spirit-given burden to make a real difference in the lives and ministries of God’s leaders across the US and around the world....

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  • Dawn Phelan - Thu, 08/27/2020 - 1:50pm

    In this vlog series Dr. David Deets and Dawn Phelan discuss the reasoning behind irritation that arise when things don’t go the way we planned.

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ChurchWorksMedia Blog (about)

  • Chris Anderson - Wed, 09/02/2020 - 11:16am

    Pastor Alex Montoya has ministered in the inner city of Los Angeles for almost 50 years. In his book Preaching with Passion he addresses the need of the pastor to proclaim the Word of God with zeal, not a dry, cold stoicism. Chapter 3 urges the pastor to “Preach with Compassion,” and it ends with this moving testimony […]

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Strength for Today (about)

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By Faith We Understand (about)

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Emeth Aletheia


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