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A Pastor’s Reflections: Showing Interest in Others

VFT
As a pastor you will meet a lot of different people throughout the course of your ministry. I have met fighter pilots, professional athletes, contractors, school teachers, stay-at-home moms, accountants, politicians, musicians, children, students, and the like. Some of these people have had more interesting lives and vocations than others.…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Funerals

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I’m not sure why, but pastors often fail miserably at performing funerals. I can remember sitting in a funeral service where the pastor stood before a very large congregation and admitted he was at a loss for words—he did not know what to say. Ok, fair enough. Death is a…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Protect Your Pastor!

VFT
All you have to do is read the headlines on the interweb to know that we live in some crazy times. It seems like people are all to willing to use violence as a means of promoting their agenda. And it seems to be a growing trend that more and…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Enemies Within the Church

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One of the biggest surprises in my ministry was the opposition to the gospel that arose within my own church. I always assumed there would be opposition to the gospel from outside the church, from the unbelieving world. But at several points in my pastorate I stressed the importance of…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: My Backstop

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One of the things I love about Presbyterianism is its polity—the fact that the church employs a biblical model of churches overseen by a body of elders, not simply the pastor. In many churches the cult of personality reigns supreme—the pastor calls all of the shots and people have to…
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Latest Faculty Essays: Godfrey and Fesko

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The latest faculty publications come from Drs. Godfrey and Fesko as contributions to a festschrift for Dr. Jim Renihan, the Dean for the Institute for Reformed Baptist Studies. The essays appear in By Common Confession: Essays in Honor of James M. Renihan, edited by Ronald S. Baines, Richard C. Barcellos, and…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Small Investments

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One of the regular things I have encountered in my time in the pastorate is a massive breakdown in communication between children and their parents. Children blindside their parents with massive moral failings or hidden opinions about big questions in life and the parents have no clue as to when…
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Latest Faculty Publication: Baugh on Ephesians

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WSC's latest faculty publication is Dr. Baugh's exegetical commentary on Ephesians. The commentary appears in the Logos e-book commentary series, Evangelical Exegetical Commentary. If you own the Logos system, you can purchase the commentary and start reading it today. Dr. Baugh tells us that Logos will be publishing a dead wood…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Always Be Ready

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I can remember being on vacation at the beach and I thought that I would be able finally to be anonymous. I reveled in the idea that I would dress down for church—wear casual clothes. My family and I would arrive just a few minutes before the service, slip in…
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Latest Faculty Publication: Fesko on the Covenant of Redemption

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  WSC's latest faculty publication comes from Dr. Fesko, and is titled, The Covenant of Redemption: Origins, Development, and Reception (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015). This book is all about the history of the covenant of redemption, the eternal intra-trinitarian covenant between Father and Son, and Spirit in some formulations, to redeem the…
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12 / 10 / 2015