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A Pastor’s Reflections: Dropping the Sword

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We live in a period of history where it seems as if the once solid pillars of culture are crumbling all around us. Sexual immorality was once taboo and hidden away from the public eye but is now paraded through various forms of media and bandied as entertainment—reality shows, for…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Fallen Heroes

I can remember walking through an airport as a small crowd gathered around a TV to watch Lance Armstrong win his seventh Tour de France. I was impressed with Armstrong’s performance and even inspired to work harder in my own endeavors. Most know that a few years later evidence surfaced…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Sympathy and Action

As a pastor, I remember looking out from the pulpit and casting fond looks upon my wife and infant son. From time to time, however, I noticed that my wife and son were absent. After the service I would ask my wife, “What happened? Where’d you go?” She explained that…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: How To Prepare for a PhD

Last month I wrote a post about one of the most frequent questions I get, “Where should I get my PhD?” I didn’t answer that question directly but rather addressed the more fundamental issue of whether someone should get a PhD. In that first post I said I would address…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: What I See and Hear From the Pulpit

It may surprise some people, but preachers see a lot of things from the pulpit. I suspect many people hope that their pastor is too engrossed in preaching and referring to his notes so that he doesn’t notice what goes on in the sanctuary. True, preachers don’t see everything, but…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: What I Do In the Pulpit

I don’t know about other pastors, but I have a number of habits and things that I do when I’m in the pulpit. I’m not talking about preaching, as every pastor preaches from the pulpit. Rather, I’m talking about the little things that people probably never notice. Like what, you…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Meat Eaters

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I can remember sitting in my various seminary classes and some of my professors were truly inspiring. One professor in particular had an amazing mastery of historical theology—a truly voluminous knowledge. Sometimes we would ask him a flurry of questions just to see if we could stump him. He was…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Wasting Your Gifts

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I can remember sitting in the high school guidance counselor’s office when he told me that I should consider a vocational path rather than attending college. My grades weren’t spectacular—they weren’t atrocious either—but they were nevertheless lackluster. At the time I didn’t have a specific idea as to what career…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: PhD Studies?

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One of the most frequently asked questions I get is, “Where should I go to do PhD studies?” This is a question that has two important parts even though it appears only to have one part. The obvious part is, Where should I study? The implied not-so-obvious part is, Should…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Useless Debates

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In the history of church formal debates have played a role in helping the church sort out truth from falsehood. One of the most famous written debates was between Martin Luther and Erasmus of Rotterdam on the nature of the will. Is it free or bound by sin? Luther wrote…
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