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A Pastor’s Reflections: Preparing for Presbytery Exams

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I was recently asked by a colleague to give a list of the top ten things that a ministerial candidate should do to prepare for his licensure or ordination exams. I thought that I would share it with you since a number of you that regularly read A Pastor’s Reflections…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Hope in the Face of Death

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I can distinctly remember entering the hospice room and hearing the medical machinery around the bed whir, beep, and make barely audible noises that indicated that the old man lying before me was alive. But I was also overwhelmed by the stench of encroaching death—the elderly man was lying there…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Theological Junkies

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Within the Reformed community people place a high premium upon theological learning and knowledge. On the one hand, I think this is a good thing. There are far too many Christians who barely know their Bibles. I remember listening to a radio broadcast where the interviewer went around a Christian…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Time Management

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I think time management is one of the biggest challenges for pastors. Unlike some jobs, where there is a regular routine (say, a garbage man, one who drives the same route most days at the same time and through the same neighborhoods), a pastor’s schedule can vary from week to…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Shyness

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I can remember very distinctly how as a teenager I was mortified to meet new people. I was, and still am to a certain extent, a shy person. Give me a choice – stand before one thousand people to speak for an hour or lock me in a room with…
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Dr. VanDrunen’s Moral Analysis of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century

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Dr. VanDrunen's moral analysis of Thomas Piketty's summer best-seller, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, has been published in The City, a journal of Houston Baptist University. There are two things to note about this analysis. First, give it a read! From the 1,000+ reviews on Amazon, it's a very popular book. Dr.…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Always On

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As the pastor you have a responsibility to meet, greet, and get to know the people in your church. If Christ calls and knows his sheep by name, then ministers ought to reflect Christ in their pastorates. That means from the time that you step into the church until you…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Scared of the Supper

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In my years as a pastor I regularly administered the Lord’s Supper. As I would fence the table, that is, explain the nature of the Supper as well as who was allowed to take it, I usually read from 1 Corinthians 11:23-34. In this passage Paul gives some sobering counsel…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Exegetical Landmines

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I can remember being in seminary and as I would learn about various books of the Bible or encounter passages of Scripture I would make a mental note that I wanted to preach and teach such things. I accumulated my wish list and mentally filed it away in my brain…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Common Sense

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Reformed Churches place a high premium upon theological precision. This is certainly important and necessary. It is a weighty thing to stand in the pulpit each and every Lord’s Day and herald the gospel of Christ, the aroma of death for some and life for others (2 Cor. 2:15-16). As…
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