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A Pastor’s Reflections: Never Counsel a Woman Alone

VFT
One of the regular tasks of a pastor is to offer counseling for members of the congregation. Over the years in my counseling I dealt with a number of issues ranging from the mundane to the outright bizarre. I always did my best to offer people biblical advice, teach them…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: They Shoot Pastors, Don’t They?

VFT
One of the more challenging tasks for the minister is standing in the pulpit and delivering a sermon. I once read that public speaking is feared more than death itself, but some might be under the impression that the preacher is at ease and does not fear mounting the pulpit…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Christians Are Sinners Too

VFT
As the pastor of a small congregation, I was initially surprised by the high number, at least to my mind, of church discipline cases I faced over the years. In rather short order, my session and I faced quite a few difficult issues. Some were common, such as a husband…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Never Preach to One Person

VFT
When I first entered the pastorate I told myself never to preach to any one person in the congregation, and it seems like Providence confirmed this decision time and time again. I would be in the throws of my weekly sermon preparation and as my message would develop I would…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: No Time for Prayer?

VFT
Among the many activities in the life of a church, prayer is one of the more important. The Shorter Catechism defines prayer as: “An offering up of our desires unto God, for things agreeable to his will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgment…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Watch Out for Loudmouths

VFT
Over the years I’ve run into many people who love and embrace the Reformed faith. Everyone’s story is a bit different—some found out about the Reformed faith through books, others through ministries, such as Ligonier or the White Horse Inn, and still yet others have grown up in the Reformed…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Everyone Says They’ll Submit

VFT
I can remember having a conversation with one of my elders as we were reflecting upon the vows of membership. In my denomination, we have four membership vows, the last of which says something to the effect, “Will you submit to the authority of the session, and if you’re found…
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Meditations on the Larger Catechism, pt. 14

Danny Hyde
Meditations on the Larger Catechism God’s Making of Man Q&A 17 We live in a time in which our humanity is misunderstood, at best, and under attack, at worse. Our consumer society is rooted in the philosophy that greed is good, that “it’s not personal, it’s business,” and that he…
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10 / 1 / 2012

Meditations on the Larger Catechism, pt. 13

Danny Hyde
Meditations on the Larger Catechism What are Angels? Q&A 13, 16 We’ve all seen them, right? Angels, that is. You know, those chubby little children with wings; those cute Precious Moments statuettes; those little guys on your shoulders—one reminding you of good and the other tempting you to what is…
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9 / 17 / 2012

Contentment in Ministry

VFT
I know of a number of pastors over the years who have served Christ’s church quite faithfully, some for numerous years, even decades. What everyone can easily perceive is the number of years that a pastor has served. Watchful eyes in the congregation will mark the passing anniversaries and alert…
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