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A Pastor’s Reflections: Data Gathering

I think when people imagine what it’s like to receive pastoral counseling, they envision their pastor or elder giving them wonderful advice. And, to a certain extent, this is true. When you have a problem and need advice, your pastor or elder should be able to give you sound counsel.…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Body and Soul

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One of the things that the pastorate can do is take a toll on your body. Perhaps it’s because the pastorate is conducive to a sedentary lifestyle—you sit at your desk and study for hours, then you meet someone for lunch, show up to a church social and eat a…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Showing Interest in Others

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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!

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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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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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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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A Pastor’s Reflections: Here I am . . . well, sort of

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With ever increasing regularity I can’t help but think that the culture is conforming the church into its own image. In our individualistic culture, we have the ability to tailor-make our lives to our liking. Go to a restaurant and order a meal exactly the way you want it, order…
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