Beware of Your Fictional Church

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His words rang in my ears for days and triggered a few nights of nocturnal unrest. “What were you expecting in the pastorate? You’re not in seminary any more and this church isn’t filled with your seminary buddies. You’re in the real world now, son.” I had been on the job exactly seven days when…



Great Shepherd of Thy People Hear

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How encouraging it is to hear the people of God gathered together for prayer! I’ve enjoyed many opportunities to come to the throne of grace with brothers and sisters in Christ in my local church. We grow stronger as a church when we gather to acknowledge before God and others our weakness and need. Corporate…



Perseverance in Pastoral Ministry

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Repost, from the archives: It’s common wisdom among pastors that no important decision should be made on a Monday. Especially a Monday morning. The nature of pastoral work causes the Lord’s Day to be a day that typically requires a great expenditure of physical, emotional and spiritual energy for a man who gives himself to…



I Am the Captain of My Soul: Billy Graham

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(This post is the latest installment in a series on Billy Graham.  See Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.) Graham’s focus on human experience vis-à-vis biblical authority and as an apologetic for the Christian faith provided the bands of attachment to him and his ministry from two directions—both moderates and conservatives found resonance…



Should Christians be Involved in Politics?

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The political season is upon us, and soon we’ll be casting our votes for our chosen political candidates. Some Christians, however, wonder whether we should be involved in politics at all. They think politics are “worldly,” and we’re only faithful to engage the world through evangelism and missions.  Other Christians seem obsessively interested in politics, and seem to think that…