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Celebrating God’s Faithfulness in 2014

Celebrating God's Faithfulness BPFI

As most of us do this time of year, I’ve spent some time reflecting on 2014. As I’ve pondered this past year, these verses from Psalm 111 came to mind: The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy; they are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness. He sent redemption to his people; he has...

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Notable Books for Pastors in 2014

Notable Books for Pastors BPFI

One thing is certain: You are a different person today than you were at the beginning of the year because of something you read. If you’re a pastor, that means you think, worship, teach, and counsel differently. Much is at stake in the books we choose to read. Because of this, last year I posted a list of significant books of 2013 for pastors. As this year comes to ...

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15 Gems from Worship Matters

Worship Matters BPFI

Even though Bob Kauflin wrote Worship Matters primarily for worship leaders, the rest of us can certainly benefit from this book too. Current and future pastors can appreciate his care for a solid biblical theology of worship. Church members can appreciate what their leaders think and pray through in order to serve the church week in and week out. Even unbelievers can app...

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Prepare Him Room Q&A

Prepare Him Room Q&A BPFI

We are excited to announce that there is a new Christmas album from Sovereign Grace Music called Prepare Him Room. There are some other exciting resources accompanying the album (by the same name): a family devotional and a classroom curriculum. Marty Machowski wrote the devotional and curriculum while Bob Kauflin partnered with him by overseeing the creation of the ...

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An Open Letter to Members of Sovereign Grace Churches

Dear Friends, On September 22, Maryland’s highest appellate court denied the plaintiffs’ request for the court to review the lower appellate court’s dismissal of the civil lawsuit that was brought against Sovereign Grace in October 2012. The dismissal of this case is a significant moment for everyone involved, and may be the subject of much conversation ...

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Local Ministry, Unstable Foundations, and Church Partnership

Local Ministry, Unstable Foundations BPFI

This post is the first in a series on encouraging strong, meaningful church partnerships. I want to convince you about the importance of real, biblical partnership between churches––the kind that involves councils and committees and even a Book of Church Order––and I want to do this by telling you about a house I once almost bought. Miraculously, ...

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Meet Our Regional Leaders: Keith Collins

Meet Our Regional Leaders BPFI

What local church do you pastor? Lakeview Christian Center in New Orleans, LA. How long have you been a pastor? I have been a pastor since 1993, so 22 years now. I was saved out of a Catholic background as a teenager, was educated as a mechanical engineer, and was eventually raised up from within the church and brought into full time ministry as a pastor. How long have...

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New Direction for Our Blog

New Direction for Our Blog BPFI

Sovereign Grace is a family of churches who partner together to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ. We seek to fulfill our mission by planting and strengthening churches, training pastors, producing resources, and engaging in missions throughout the world. Because of this glorious mission, we want to give our Plant & Build blog some new direction. The primary aim of o...

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What We're Reading This Summer

What We're Reading This Summer BPFI

Tomorrow is the first day of Summer. This time of year is a great opportunity to get outside, enjoy God’s creation, and work through your piles of books. As one who enjoys recommendations from others, I asked our leadership team to share with you what they hope to read this summer and why they’ve picked those books. Here are some of their responses: Mark Prat...

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The Kindness of God at Our Pastors College Graduation

The Kindness of God at Our Pastors College Graduation BPFI

This past Sunday, the Class of 2014 graduated from the Sovereign Grace Pastors College. The Lord has been faithful to us in many ways. His grace which sustained and strengthened these men throughout the year was on vivid display at their graduation. Consider, for instance, this email from a friend of one of our graduates, who traveled from Iowa to attend the ceremony: ...

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