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Theology and Pastoral Ministry “I’ve heard many of my ministry colleagues and college alumni express an unhealthy view of theology, considering it to be no more than an important grounding before heading into the pastorate. Such a view is not only opposed to the evangelical tradition; it also dangerously diminishes the value of ordered thinking Continue Reading →

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Who was St. Nicholas? “With what little we know about St. Nicholas, it is safe to say he would not be pleased to know he had eclipsed Christ in the hearts of many as the central figure of Christmas. For the Bishop of Myra no doubt knew the angel’s words to Joseph: “Mary will give Continue Reading →

John MacArthur on Reasons Why Expository Preaching is Important

I recently had the pleasure to spend a day with John MacArthur, Mark Dever, and about 200 hundred pastors in Southern California to listen to MacArthur and Dever talk about the importance of preaching in the local church.  Below are 15 reasons why expository preaching is important, taken from the lecture given by John MacArthur.  I Continue Reading →

The Difference Between Sheep and the Shepherd

“The pastor and his flock are on cross-paths all week. Monday through Saturday, the laity are being drained from the pressures of daily life: jobs and families and shopping and just being human.  The pastor runs counter.  Monday through Saturday, he is being drained by the same daily life pressure, and besides that he is pouring Continue Reading →

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Nine Issues Regarding Pastors and Office Hours from Thom Rainer Marryin’ & Buryin’: How Much Should I Pay the Pastor? This is a question I’ve been asked more than a few times though, thankfully, it’s always been about what to pay another pastor.  This piece contains some very good advice for those who don’t know Continue Reading →

3 Reasons to Keep Preaching

Over the next few weeks, all of my posts will be covering preaching to students.  Some will focus directly on youth ministry preaching, others will discuss preaching in general with application for youth ministry.  I’ve already written a few things about preaching but there is still a lot I have yet to cover.  I must Continue Reading →

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How does a pastor cultivate a ministry of prayer with other pastors? A really good piece from Brian Croft at Practical Shepherding Five Reasons Why Millenials Do Not Want to Be Pastors or Staff in Established Churches Thom Rainer gives 5 interesting things he’s seen regarding young pastors A Proud Calvinist “a proud Calvinist is Continue Reading →

Why Seminary Matters

Last week, I had the privilege to spend time with Dr. Bruce Ware and 13 other pastors at Western Seminary in Portland.  During the class, I couldn’t stop thinking about how blessed I am to have such a wonderful education and how I wish every Christian could have the same experience as I’ve had.  This Continue Reading →

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5 Benefits of Having a Challenging Teen “Our children’s struggles are as much about us as they are about them. So praise God and thank him, that as difficult as things are, he is at work both in you and your teen. Don’t give up, even if you see little change or fruit. God isn’t Continue Reading →

No Parking Signs and My Failures

Whenever I’m not in the office, I have the pleasure of picking up my 5 year old son from school. This is always an enjoyable experience, except for one thing. In front of my son’s school, on the road which happens to be the only way in or out, there stands a large sign which Continue Reading →

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