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Jon Saunders

Jon Saunders is senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Detroit. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and Calvin Theological Seminary.

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The Weakening of the Soul through Self-interest

God made us in His image, but we are not the substance of God. Therefore, anyone who spends all life fixed on the self will not last. With eyes fixed on Christ and hearts full of love for him, may we recover the lost art of denying the self for the sake of others.

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Two Different Crowds during Passion Week, Two Different Types of People

The crowds that gathered around Jesus during Holy Week had two different motives. The first came to worship. The second to mock. The two different crowds represent the two most basic postures of the heart. As we examine the events of Holy Week, it is worth reflecting on what crowd represents you best.

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Watch Your Life and Doctrine

“Tool” is an excellent word for men training to be pastors. As pastors, it is not our job to tell God what kind of “tool” we are. He calls and sends. Our job is to be ready and sharp for when He does call. We want to be useful tools. The two ways to stay sharp are by keeping a close watch on our life and our doctrine.

A Valentine’s Day Reminder to Pastors

In Ephesians 5:25-33, the one imperative for husbands is to love our wives. Paul gives greater detail about what love should entail from a husband to a wife. A husband’s love is to be sanctifying, nourishing, and unifying. In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are three thoughts from Paul for pastors loving their wives.


Pastors Must Stay Focused on the Real Issue Behind Abortion

The pro-choice movement has effectively is muddied the argument about abortion by introducing buzzwords and secondary issues to evade the real issue. Pastors and churches need to stay hyper-focused on the real problem as we move forward in the post-Roe world. We need to un-muddy the language to keep the debate clear.


Is Celebrating Christmas as a Church Body Worth It?

Jesus is the reason we gather every single Sunday. Let us honor the incarnation through worship especially on Christmas Sunday.


Thanksgiving: Guilt, Grace, Gratitude

True gratitude before God is centered on the gospel from which all the other benefits flow. God-centered gratitude includes more than the gospel, but the gospel is certainly the beginning. 

Brother Pastor, Glorify and Enjoy God

Brother pastor, whole-heartedly give yourself to the promotion of the glory of God in all aspects of your ministry. The promotion of God’s glory is correlated to your enjoyment of Him in the process. You and your people need both.

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The Danger of Gospel Drift

Paul reminds us (1 Corinthians 15:1-2) that the gospel he preached is the means by which we are saved. It is of no surprise then that he goes on to say in verse 3 that this gospel (the good news of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ) is therefo …

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Church Planting as the Means of Cultural Renewal

David Powlison is well-known for saying, “There are plenty of reasons to be afraid. But there is a better reason not to be.” That’s a good word for the church today. The Evangelical church is in a panic. From all angles, it feels as though Christianity …