Posts with the category “pastoral-ministry”

Simply for Jesus Sake
by Drew Buell on January 25th, 2021
The finest test of the consecration of a minister of Christ is not in his public performances, but in what he does when the world is not looking. It is hard for a man to tell when he is preaching whether he is preaching for himself or for God. To open up glorious ideas, to clothe them with language which glows and speak them in tones which burn-all this is so delightful that it is not easy for the...  Read More
The Epistle to California's Refugees
by Drew Buell on January 11th, 2021
This is a short piece of creative writing that I started a few weeks ago. I’ve spent a lot of time in 1 Peter lately, getting ready for my next preaching series, so the format of the letter is similar to that of 1 Peter (I’ve included hyperlinks in bold to all of the biblical references). It’s something of a “tongue in cheek” letter to those dear friends who have left California (California’s Refu...  Read More
The Questions Every Pastor Must Answer
by Drew Buell on November 5th, 2019
The questions which every pastor must meet are these three:   Read More
What Should You Do If You've Been Hurt by the Church
by Drew Buell on October 29th, 2019
"Most people 'hurt by the church' were hurt by individuals in a local congregation."  Read More
Drew Buell (Part 3)
by Drew Buell on October 24th, 2019
In the fall of 1997 I began my first semester of college at The Master’s College (TMC).  Ironically enough, I knew next to nothing about TMC before I arrived there.  I had heard the name John MacArthur before, but knew next to nothing about him.  To be honest, the reason I chose to attend TMC was mainly because of the financial package they offered me and the fact that I had heard it was a good sc...  Read More
Drew Buell (Part 2)
by Drew Buell on October 23rd, 2019
As I look back over the course of my life I am stunned by the sheer number of blessings that God has showered upon me.  As a child, the single greatest blessing was certainly being born into the family that I was born into and having the privilege of hearing the gospel from an early age.  As a teenager, I believe that one of the greatest blessings in my life was the church I was a part of and spec...  Read More
Drew Buell (Part 1)
by Drew Buell on October 22nd, 2019
"I still remember standing in front of a crowd in the small city of Baviácora in Sonora Mexico and mumbling out the lines that I had rehearsed."  Read More
Rob Odum
by Drew Buell on October 17th, 2019
"It would be in 1998 that Rob was brought to a place where a true surrendered walk with Christ would graciously be made a reality in his life."  Read More
Steven Heinbach
by Drew Buell on October 15th, 2019
"I went up for an alter call without any idea why I went up there. Looking back, I feel that was how Christ started calling me to Him."  Read More
Mike Denton
by Drew Buell on October 10th, 2019
"I knew I had to respond and went forward to pray and receive Jesus Christ as my Savior."  Read More
Dave Robertson
by Drew Buell on October 8th, 2019
"Now, 40 years after conversion, as a member of our body here at Cool Community Church, my relationship with Jesus is getting ever more exciting."  Read More
Gary Farnworth
by Drew Buell on October 3rd, 2019
"Through reading and hearing the Bible taught, I came to know Jesus as my Lord and Savior."  Read More
John Hobbs
by Drew Buell on October 1st, 2019
"I have rejoiced in Him in both good and bad times."  Read More
Tyson Steward
by Drew Buell on September 24th, 2019
From an early age I remember receiving Christ as my Lord and Savior.  Read More
Village Schools International Fundraiser
by Drew Buell on September 3rd, 2019
"We keep opening more and more schools, so the need never goes away."  Read More
Unity from the Top Down
by Drew Buell on August 27th, 2019
"Unity in the church begins at the top and it flows down throughout the body."  Read More
Win Them to Christ by Winning Them to Church
by Drew Buell on August 22nd, 2019
"Preach the gospel. Preach the hope of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection for sinners."  Read More
"Running Scared" Book Review
by Drew Buell on August 8th, 2019
"There is a close connection between what we fear and what we think we need."  Read More
The Single Most Important Distinction a Leader Can Make
by Drew Buell on August 6th, 2019
I believe that the single most important distinction that a leader can make is between what he is “able to do” and what he “can do."  Read More
Of Blow Torches and Theological Education
by Drew Buell on August 1st, 2019
My education has given me the equivalent of a theological blow torch.  Read More
Take Me Lord
by Drew Buell on July 16th, 2019
Take me, Lord, at whatever cost.   Read More
What Is An Evangelical Leader?
by Drew Buell on July 11th, 2019
In brief, an evangelical is a person who believes the ‘three R’s’:  Read More
Winning Men
by Drew Buell on July 2nd, 2019
Why Men Hate Going to Church  Read More
All the Things People Say
by Drew Buell on June 11th, 2019
Do not take to heart all the things that people say…” (Ecclesiastes 7:21)  Read More
What Can We Bring to God?
by Drew Buell on May 23rd, 2019
"This is the worthiness – the best and only kind we can bring to God..."  Read More
The Purpose of Church Discipline
by Drew Buell on May 21st, 2019
In chapter 12 of the Institutes Calvin lays out three specific purposes for church discipline.  Read More
It Is Christ Who Saves Us
by Drew Buell on May 9th, 2019
“We exist to proclaim the Lordship of Jesus Christ over all things for the joy of all people.”   Read More
The Epistle of Diognetus
by Drew Buell on April 25th, 2019
For Christians are not distinguished from the rest of mankind either in locality or in speech or in customs.  Read More
Doing All Things By God's Word
by Drew Buell on April 4th, 2019
Here, then, is the sovereign power with which the pastors of the church…ought to be endowed. That is that they may dare boldly to do all things by God’s Word  Read More