Five Essential Aspects of Pastoral Ministry

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Whole books have been written on pastoral ministry; so, even an attempt at summarizing it in a short blog post will fall short of the mark. But I would suggest that several principles rise to a high level of importance when considering the subject of pastoral ministry. Much of what passes for pastoral ministry today is…



Resources for Studying the Law and the Gospel

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A proper understanding of the relationship between the law and the gospel is crucial for any minister hoping to be effective in his preaching and counseling. Indeed, a flawed understanding of the relationship between law and gospel leads to all sorts of problems: Errors in this doctrine have spawned dispensationalism, theonomy, the New Perspective on…



Five Lessons for Preachers from the Prince of Preachers

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Everyone loves Charles Spurgeon. Even those who feel compelled to edit the Calvinism from his sermons and writings have shown great appreciation for him as a preacher of God’s Word. Little wonder, Spurgeon is a rare gift of God to the church. His life and labors stand like Mont Blanc over the post-Apostolic landscape of the…



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…



Corrective Church Discipline

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One of the most important and difficult tasks a pastor must undertake is leading his congregation to understand and obey what the Bible says about church discipline. The widespread neglect of the practice can cause even faithful Christians to be fearful of the idea. When biblical texts that give instruction on the subject are introduced…



An Annotated Bibliography for Church Planters

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Quite often I’m asked what books might be helpful to church planters. In an effort to identify a few favorites, I’ve noted ten go-to books that church planters need to study and keep handy throughout their work. As you will notice, I’m heavy on ecclesiology rather than church planting techniques since we’re seeking to plant…



Spurgeon’s Sorrows

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Zack Eswine. Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression. Ross-shire, Scotland: Christian Focus, 2014. 144 pp. $9.99. Only the grace of God can explain Charles Spurgeon. In 38 years as pastor of Metropolitan Tabernacle (known as New Park Street Chapel during his early years), Spurgeon’s output was superhuman. He often preached 10…



Patristic Wisdom on the Focus of Pastoral Ministry

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I am working my way through Christopher Beeley’s recent book Leading God’s People: Wisdom from the Early Church for Today, and have enjoyed it immensely. One particular section was very good and I wanted to share it with you. Beeley discusses the focus of pastoral ministry. He highlights the others-centered nature of the pastoral vocation: “At…



Santa Claus, the Gospel and the Church

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It happened again last week. On Thanksgiving morning I received an email from a friend of a friend. The first line read, “It appears I am being forced out of my pastorate.” The story that unfolded in the rest of that email and upon further inquiry is filled with themes that are tragically too common….