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Dr. Douglas Groothuis

Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D., is Professor of Philosophy at Denver Seminary where he heads the Apologetics and Ethics Masters Degree program. He is the author of twelve books, including Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith (InterVarsity Press, 2011) and Walking through Twilight: A Wife’s Illness—A Philosopher’s Lament (InterVarsity Press, 2017). He has published thirty-one academic articles and dozens of more popular articles in Christianity Today, The Christian Research Journal, Philosophy Now, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and elsewhere.

The Practice of Presence in a Quarantine World

These are testing times for the church and church leaders—and for the whole world. But crises spark opportunities for adjustments and innovations.

Persistent Leadership in a Season of Separation

While separation will soon come to an end, pastors and other church leaders can educate, nourish, encourage, and equip the members of their church during a season of the second best.

Sustaining a Distant Church During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Pastors and church leaders make God their refuge and strength and thus rise to the occasion by marshaling practical and theologically-informed strategies in place for church life and by teaching the wisdom of Scripture concerning God’s faithfulness.

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Does Philosophy Have a Place in the Pulpit?

You don’t need a degree in philosophy to incorporate apologetics into sermons. A solid study of basic logic, worldviews and arguments for Christianity and against other viewpoints can fortify those in the church to have a winsome reason for their hope in Christ

Why Communion Matters

How can we let ourselves forget or neglect or even trivialize this sacrifice? For all our grand plans for church renewal, for contemporary worship, for being missional, for connecting with the millennials, for connecting with the “nones” and now for connecting with Generation Z, we should never downplay that sacred institution given by our sacrificial Christ for His church. Communion matters—more than we may think.

A Theology for Discouraged Pastors and Church Leaders

Discouragement may come to the godliest and most talented of God’s ministers in the church. But as we remember to reflect on God’s good providence, His willingness to let us lament before Him, and how He has rescued his servants who sank deep into despair, we can find our moorings and press on to serve Him with gladness of heart.

Preaching on Spiritual Warfare

Pastors are shepherds who need to teach their flocks how to protect themselves against wolves, both human and demonic.

Speaking Wisely About Doubt In The Church

Doubt is best worked through individually with trusted friends. If leaders confess doubts on major Christian doctrines, their congregations may lose confidence in their leadership, equate doubt with unbelief, or be thrown into an unnecessary crisis of faith themselves.

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Pursuing the Arts in the Local Church

Christian leaders should encourage artists in their congregations to use their God-given talents to the uttermost, either as a full-time vocation or otherwise. These artists should not be considered second-class citizens in the church simply because they are not pastors, chaplains, church staff workers, employees at parachurch ministries or missionaries.

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The Purpose, Ground, and Nature of Biblical Preaching

Preaching is both a necessity and a privilege. Godly preaching pleases God, is grounded in the cross of Christ, and is empowered by the Holy Spirit. No power on earth can stop that from God’s intended purposes.

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Encouraging Intellectual Engagement Through Preaching

Every person in every pew needs to hear the Bible preached in ways that warm the heart and mobilize the mind.

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Pastors as Guardians of Sound Doctrine

Pastors must be theologians and apologists in this world awash in false doctrine, theological confusion, and spiritual deception. As shepherds of the church, they must guard the flock. They must shoulder the duty and take up the privilege of being truth-tellers about what matters most.

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How Pastors Can Help Married Couples Stay Married

As a Christian in the family of God, a pastor can model an honest and healthy marriage before the congregation. As a preacher in the pulpit, a pastor can bring the congregation living truths about the realities of marriage straight from Holy Scripture and in the power of the Holy Spirit, come what may.

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Pastoral Education and the Challenges of Ministry in the 21st Century

Even after a great seminary education, many pastors are left unprepared to face the challenges that local church ministry presents. How do pastors take these challenges head on with confidence and boldness?

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Being Completely Pro-Life in the Church

How does the church stand for life in a hostile culture? Pastors and church leaders can be encouraged that the pro-life message is changing hearts around the world. All we have to do as leaders is open our mouths and speak of the issue with biblical insight and grace.

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Being a Tech-Wise Church

Technology can serve a good purpose in the local church. Pastors and church leaders need to think about the implications and level of technology they want to use when bringing their people into a closer relationship with God.

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Suffering Well With Your Flock

Is there a practical way to suffer well? Philosopher Dr. Douglas Groothuis teaches us the biblical language of lament which he describes as a heart cry before the face of God. He shows us a way through pain and suffering from a vantage point very few have.

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Apologetics in the Local Church

Apologetics is a discipline often looked over in the local church. Seasoned apologist and philosopher Douglas Groothuis helps us think through the implications of a church that does not engage in the cultural topics of our day.