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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5-30-14 “The Cost Of Speaking The Truth” – Pastor Shane Idleman

May 29th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 5-30-14 “The Cost Of Speaking The Truth” – Pastor Shane Idleman)

One of my great concerns is for the pulpits of America: many are exchanging truth for tolerance, boldness for balance, and conviction for cowardness. We don’t want to offended lest we lose our audience. But truth is controversial—its convicts and challenges. We are not to seek the applause of men but the applause of God. The pulpit inevitably sets the tone of the religious climate of the nation. The lukewarm, sex-saturated culture simply reflects the lack of conviction in the pulpit as well as the pew. Granted, there are many wonderful pastors and churches—I appreciate their ministry, but, as a whole, the church has drifted off course.
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5-31-14 “Speak The Truth In Love” – Pastor Shane Idleman

May 28th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 5-31-14 “Speak The Truth In Love” – Pastor Shane Idleman)

When people, groups, denominations, or movements depart from absolute truth, and thus quench and grieve the Spirit of God, they become mechanical in their approach to Christianity and lose the ability to guide. The Word of God is not in their hearts “like a burning fire” (Jeremiah 20:9), but relative, powerless, and debatable. This is what we see today; many are not truly worshipping God, as Jesus said, “in spirit and truth” (John 4:23). Unfortunately, those Christians who are sounding the alarm are often categorized as irrational, judgmental, bigoted, and intolerant. But how can we warn if we won’t confront, correct if we won’t challenge, and contend if we won’t question? We must 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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When To Speak The Truth In Love

April 30th, 2011 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on When To Speak The Truth In Love)

A few years ago, a news report featured a famous athlete who was considering running for political office. When the news correspondent asked about abortion and gay-marriage, the potential candidate became visibly upset. He criticized Christians, and ended the interview saying, “Doesn’t the Bible say ‘judge not’; who are you to tell people what they can, and cannot do?”
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