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Valiant for Truth - A Pastor's Reflection Series

A Pastor’s Reflections: The Way of the Cross and Criticism
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Criticism and the pastorate go hand in hand—it’s simply a fact of life. Spend any amount of time in the pastorate and people will express criticism about your ministry. The plain and simple fact is, you can’t please everyone all the time.

 
 
 
A Pastor’s Reflections: Big and Small Things
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From a very early age my parents taught me that your conduct with small things indicates your attitudes and likely performance with the big things in life. My dad would tell me, “How you treat your bicycle as a child is likely indicative how you’ll treat your car when you’re an adult.”

 
 
 
A Pastor’s Reflections: Always Carry a Book
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“Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day

Fritter and waste the hours in an off-hand way

Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town

Waiting for someone or something to show you the way.”

 
 
 
A Pastor’s Reflections: Buy A Dictionary
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One of the most challenging things I encountered when I first attended seminary was the number of new terms and words. I think terminology, whether the technical terms of theology, or the fancy fifty-cent words scholars like to use, can be intimidating.

 
 
 
A Pastor’s Reflections: Just Say No
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One of the most difficult things I have faced in the pastorate is being willing to say, “No.” When I first entered the ministry I was, of course, like most, very eager to roll up my sleeves and get my hands dirty. So no matter what came up, I would say, “Yes.”