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A Pastor’s Reflections: Getting Benched

VFT
Over the years I have watched a number of colleagues lose their pastorates for various reasons. This can be a very discouraging turn of events to say the least. What do you do when you’ve spent four years in college, three or four years in seminary, spent ten years in…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Riding the Pine

VFT
In team sports athletes who do not start the game and spend a lot of time on the bench have a phrase—they “ride the pine.” That is, they sit on the pine bench rather than play in the game. Last week’s post addressed the topic of what steps you can…
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Pursuing Higher Degrees: So…What Do You Do with That Degree?

by Elizabeth VanDyke, WSC alumna It is the inevitable question posed to any Ph.D. student of the Bible. In a world increasingly fixated on the practical and immediate, the notion of spending six grueling years learning dead languages and pouring over ancient documents makes little sense. What does such intense…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Starting

VFT
In team sports if you have the skill and ability, you can be a starter on the team. From the very first tick of the clock the coach puts you in the game. There is a great degree of satisfaction in being a starter. This parallels the experience of a…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Did I Apply the Text?

VFT
The last question I ask myself when I’m evaluating a sermon, including my own, is, Did I apply the text? This is an important question, though perhaps it’s often debated because people disagree on what constitutes application. In the minds of some preachers, application is a well-intended but nevertheless sinful…
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Pursuing Higher Degrees: Building on an Educational Foundation

by Lloyd Kim, WSC alum Westminster Seminary has helped me in my role as the Coordinator for Mission to the World in giving me a strong foundation by which I am able to think theologically about missions, the church, church planting, evangelism, discipleship, leadership and many other aspects related to…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Did I Preach Christ?

VFT
The third question I ask when evaluating sermons (including my own) is whether I preached Christ organically from the biblical text. Many preachers regularly ask this question of themselves, but at the same time they’re not quite sure how to do this. Charles Spurgeon once famously stated, “I take my…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Did I Explain the Text?

VFT
When I evaluate a sermon or my own preaching the second key question I ask is whether I adequately explained the biblical text. This is a distinct issue from the first question, namely, Did I exegete the biblical text? Exegesis is foundational to a solid sermon—it ensures that you accurately…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Did I Exegete the Text?

VFT
There are a myriad of books on preaching on the market at present and each of them presents useful information, tips, and methods for preaching a good sermon. But when I’m evaluating a sermon or preparing my own messages, there are four simple questions that I ask myself: (1) Did…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Infertility

VFT
One of the more painful trials of life comes to a young married couple who discover they are infertile—for one reason or another, they cannot conceive children. In a culture where people assume the natural thing to do is find a mate, get married, have children, and live happily ever…
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