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Author: Todd Murphy

Todd Murphy is a pastor, church planter, and theological educator, but above all, a forgiven sinner struggling to follow Jesus faithfully. He Lives outside Providence, Rhode Island with his wife and six boys.

5 Reasons Why We Must Preach the Gospel to the Church

5 Reasons Why We Must Preach the Gospel to the Church

It goes without saying that the Church was commissioned to preach the Gospel to the World. Jesus commanded his Church to tell his good news to all nations, baptizing and teaching all he commanded (Matthew 28:19–20). But often we take the body of believers for granted. How about us? How badly does the rank-and-file Christian need the Gospel?

4 Misconceptions on How to Disciple Young Adults

4 Misconceptions on How to Disciple Young Adults

Most Christian parents have a general concept of spiritually forming their children. But as they grow, the job gets a little more intimidating…The key to discipling young adults is influence. When they are little, you tell them when to go to bed, when to eat, when to do their homework. It is not that way with adults. Our spiritual direction progresses to a role of respectful influence…

4 Things the Church Can do to Stop and Heal Racism

4 Things the Church Can do to Stop and Heal Racism

Just for a moment, consider that Jesse Washington, the victim of the Waco lynching was innocent. And he most likely was. He was only 17 years old. I have a 17 year old. How would I look on as my 17 year old was falsely accused, partially dismembered, and slowly burned to death. I think this is “unconstitutional.” I remember something about “cruel and unusual punishment” in it. What torment did he go through? I am not sure how a parent ever gets over something like that…

4 Vital Keys to Extraordinary Leadership

4 Vital Keys to Extraordinary Leadership

There is a lot of talk about leadership today. The leadership discussion has also swept into the Church as well, and for good reason. The Church is an organization, and where you have an organization, you need leadership.

One question we need to ask is how do we evaluate leadership as a church? Are there different standards of leadership? Are they all equal? Are there versions of leadership that are injurious to the Church or morally wrong? We need to think long and hard about this. It is easy to nod the head and adopt language, ideas, theory, and methodology without deep evaluation that are possibly contrary to the mission of…

7 Signs of a “Rescuer” and What to do About it

7 Signs of a “Rescuer” and What to do About it

Relationships are tough, whether in the home or in the work place. But if you want to be successful, you need to learn how to be both insightful and generous. Your insightfulness should cut both ways, not just toward others, but toward yourself. As you read through these points, you will definitely see others in it. The real exercise is can see yourself in them, and begin to adjust becoming a better spouse, parent, coworker, boss, or leader.