5/4/15 “Pastors: Stop Trying To Be Popular – Speak As A Dying Man To Dying Men” – Pastor Shane Idleman

May 4th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 5/4/15 “Pastors: Stop Trying To Be Popular – Speak As A Dying Man To Dying Men” – Pastor Shane Idleman)

There is a very troubling trend in the evangelical church as a whole. We are in desperate need of genuine leadership—broken, humble people who are not afraid to admit that they need God; men who are more worried about prayer than about status and recognition; men who petition God rather than position themselves. Many men want the recognition, but not the brokenness; the honor, but not the humility. The state of the family today is disheartening as well. Men have largely forsaken their God-given role as spiritual leaders in their homes…that, no one can deny. And I believe that the pulpit is partly to blame.
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10/16/14 “Where Are The Men With Power In The Pulpits Today ?” – Pastor Shane Idleman

October 16th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 10/16/14 “Where Are The Men With Power In The Pulpits Today ?” – Pastor Shane Idleman)

As the church falls deeper into self-reliance and further from reliance on God, our need for bold leadership has never been greater. Change will only occur when there is a strong conviction of sin, genuine faith, humility, and sincere repentance—may God grant us the wisdom and strength to proclaim these truths. We must stop confusing God’s patience with His approval and preach with conviction from the pulpits again.​
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5-17-14 “I Preach As A Dying Man To Dying Men” – Pastor Shane Idleman

May 14th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 5-17-14 “I Preach As A Dying Man To Dying Men” – Pastor Shane Idleman)

Those who have been called to preach, much like the prophets in the Old Testament, will confront compromise, condemn moral digression, and powerfully denounce sin in the hope of reconciling man to God—they speak the truth in love.
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3/16/2013 – “Pastors: Speak as a Dying Man to Dying Men” – Pastor Shane Idleman

March 13th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 3/16/2013 – “Pastors: Speak as a Dying Man to Dying Men” – Pastor Shane Idleman)

A few years back, I listened in astonishment as some prominent “Christian leaders” talked about replacing “preaching” with “having a conversation.” At first, I thought that they might be confusing individual conversations with how we should speak to the masses, but I was wrong. They felt that we should stop “preaching” from the pulpit and start being more passive and less confrontational. Never mind the fact that Jesus said, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent” (Luke 4:43). But according to many, it’s time to replace the pulpit with a couch and preaching with conversing…
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6-16-2012 “Men. . .We Are In Desperate Need Of Leadership” – Pastor Shane Idleman

June 16th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 6-16-2012 “Men. . .We Are In Desperate Need Of Leadership” – Pastor Shane Idleman)

“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).

As a child, I was captured by the stories that my grandfather told about life on the farm in Oklahoma in the early 1900s. The images I’ve held are not those of pleasant surroundings and ideal conditions; they are impressions of twelve-hour days spent working the land, dust storms that could devastate a crop, blistered and sunburned skin, and poverty unlike most Americans know today. Life, in general, was harder then, but interestingly enough, character seemed much stronger—it was a time when commitment, integrity, and honesty stood in place of contracts, disclosures, and bylaws. A handshake and a man’s word were generally good enough. I’m not suggesting that we return to that time in history, but that we learn from the past and strongly encourage those same character traits today…
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