Westminster Seminary California
 
 

Valiant for Truth - Pastoral Ministry

A Pastor’s Reflections: Time Will Tell
VFT

We live in an age when we expect instant results. Everything around us screams, “Right now!” Amazon is working on one-hour delivery—click, and poof! You get your product in an hour. It seems like the longest minute of the day is standing at the microwave waiting for your frozen burrito to cook.

 
 
 
A Pastor’s Reflections: License to Learn
VFT

I can remember excitedly e-mailing one of my professors. I enthusiastically typed, “I’ve passed my dissertation defense! I’ll be graduating with my doctorate!” It had been a challenging road, one filled with hard work, a few tears, and blood (if you count paper cuts).

 
 
 
A Pastor’s Reflections: Christ and the Third Use of the Law
VFT

Lutheran and Reformed theologians developed the teaching that there are three uses of the law: the civil – that which regulates society and government and is common to all people; the pedagogical – that function of the law that shows us our sin and our need for Christ; and the normative – that which shows us the rules and norms for the Christian life, what conduct is good and acceptable to God.

 
 
 
A Pastor’s Reflections: Finances
VFT

One of the things that surfaced in my pastorate was the need to sit down and offer financial counsel to members of my congregation. In a church of any size, chances are you’ll have people who struggle, for one reason or another, with making ends meet.

 
 
 
A Pastor’s Reflections: Freud or Paul?
VFT

In the twentieth and twenty-first century, Christian counseling has taken off like wildfire. Seminaries that once saw preparing men to be pastors as their bread and butter now offer counseling degrees.