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It is a measure of our sinfulness that we think doing good works is something special. It’s not. For a Christian, good works are just what we do. Or, to put it in the form of a Geico commercial: If you’re a Christian, you practice good works. It’s what you do. If you want to […]

What to Say When Someone Calls You “Good.”

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Throughout my life, I have had the privilege of seeing the Lord keep a very specific and wonderful promise to us. It has direct application for men’s team ministry and for meeting the pressing needs around us. It’s found in 2 Corinthians 9:8, “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that […]

Here’s How God has Kept His Amazing Promise in 2 ...

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Men’s ministry can be a tough row to hoe. It is often under emphasized in churches, or even totally ignored. For this reason, I deeply admire men who are interested in serving in ministry to men. Below is my advice for anyone thinking of starting a career in men’s ministry. If there is anything else […]

How to Start a Career in Men’s Ministry

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We’re all getting older. This means that our men’s team ministries are getting older too. Some men’s team ministries have been around for over ten years. Some teams have been around for over ten years. I’ve been on a team serving our care receiver for fourteen years now! So what do you do when you […]

How to Recruit Young Men for Your Aging Men’s Team ...

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For years, now, I have had this burning question in my mind: What does it really mean to love others the way Christ has loved me? To love others in this fantastically grand way is, of course, the central idea of our Christian faith. But here’s the rub: I have, more than most, major impediments […]

I Want to Love Others the Way Christ has Loved ...

A frayed rope is useless. But “a chord of three strands is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiasted 4:12). Spiritually frayed men are useless too. And our churches are full of them. Maybe it’s time to hold a church draft and place all of our men on teams in the first round. Here are ten reasons why […]

10 Reasons Why Men Work so Well Together on Teams

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Sometimes I”m asked the question, “What biblical passage best defines men’s ministry?” There are many passages I could give in response to this question. But I especially like one passage in particular, for several reasons: It describes the training material to use in men’s ministry. It describes where to start with men’s ministry. It lists […]

My Favorite Men’s Ministry Passage

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On Thursday evening, March 3rd, I’ll be doing a pastors’ seminar in a very special place: Lighthouse Baptist Church in Quincy, Illinois. It was during my pastorate at Lighthouse twenty years ago (Has it really been that long?!) that the Lord led me to form our men into teams of four each so that we […]

Back to Where It All Began

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The ominous big red sign on the front door of the house for sale grabbed our attention: “DANGER. THIS BUILDING IS UNSAFE FOR HUMAN OCCUPANCY. UNSAFE TO OCCUPY.” Patti and I normally wouldn’t have bothered to go in, but our realtor was getting testy and we were desperate. “Did you know,” she had reminded us […]

Exploring the Love of Christ on Ammons Circle

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It’s Christmastime. It’s the season when we remember the birth of our Savior. It’s also the time when we naturally think of Jesus’ mother, Mary. To help us celebrate Christmas appropriately as men, I have a hypothetical question: If Mary attended your church, how would you treat her? Perhaps one way to answer that question […]

If Mary Attended Your Church