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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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Latest Faculty Essays: Godfrey and Fesko

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The latest faculty publications come from Drs. Godfrey and Fesko as contributions to a festschrift for Dr. Jim Renihan, the Dean for the Institute for Reformed Baptist Studies. The essays appear in By Common Confession: Essays in Honor of James M. Renihan, edited by Ronald S. Baines, Richard C. Barcellos, and…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: One of My Biggest Fears

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I suspect that all of us have unspoken fears that we carry around with us—things that loom over us, that we live with, but perhaps don’t speak much about. One of my own biggest burdens and a constant subject of my daily prayers concerns my children. In the Scriptures I…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Pastor’s Study or Office?

How often have you ever thought about the words we use? These days we might talk about going to church and dropping by the pastor’s office to say hello. In days gone by people would not have used this word to describe the room where the pastor worked. They would…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Picking Your Successor

From time to time a pastor will come to the end of his service at his church. In some cases it’s simply time for him to retire. In other cases, personal circumstances dictate when you might leave, or maybe another church has issued you a call. When this happens, churches…
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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: The Best Fraternity

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One of my all-time favorite things to do is go to my denomination’s general assembly. Before you stop reading out of incredulity, I’m not talking about the long business sessions, endless myriad of financial statistics, and administrative reports. As necessary as such things are, I’ve contemplated stabbing myself with a…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Ministry and Authority

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I can remember that when I was first contemplating entering into the pastorate, I thought that I might be interested in pursuing youth ministry. I can’t tell you why, precisely, this was my first thought. I know that I had a number of excellent youth workers over the years make…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Slow Down!

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As a former church planter I was desperate to establish my congregation. In the technical speak of the Book of Church Order, I wanted to see the mission work I pastored become particularized as a congregation. The difference between a mission work and particular congregation is that the latter has…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Joys of the Pastorate

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There are certainly many challenges and trials in the pastorate, but on the other hand, there are also many joys, things that bring great encouragement and happiness. One of the tremendous blessings of being a pastor is the privilege to study the Scriptures full-time. What others have to squeeze into…
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