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A Pastor’s Reflections: Daily Practice

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What’s the best way to build and hone a skill? Daily practice. This is true with many skills in life, but especially true regarding the biblical languages. Students come to seminary, learn Greek and Hebrew, leave seminary, and then forget everything that they learned. From one vantage point, this is…
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Words of Wisdom: Go on Your Way with Singing

In 2016 Westminster Women's Fellowship asked for a special parting gift to be given to the wives of graduates and graduating women students, a collection of letters from the faculty wives of WSC that would share their experiences as they sought to serve Christ in a variety of ways according…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Ready to Lose

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This past spring I had my first experience as a parent sitting on the sidelines and cheering for my son as he played organized team soccer. I have to say it was quite the experience. I got very caught up in the games and became as excited or more than…
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Words of Wisdom: The Teacher’s Task

In 2016 Westminster Women's Fellowship asked for a special parting gift to be given to the wives of graduates and graduating women students, a collection of letters from the faculty wives of WSC that would share their experiences as they sought to serve Christ in a variety of ways according…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Vacation

One of the most important things you can do as a pastor to prolong your ministry is to take vacations. It may sound odd, but it’s true. As a pastor you need to take time off to recharge your batteries. You many not realize it, but when you count sermon…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Wait for it!

As a pastor you will be the recipient of thousands of questions throughout the course of your ministry. At first, the thought of this can be quite intimidating: “How can I possibly be ready to answer questions about any theological topic?” I always tell my students, if you think exam…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Going Against the Grain

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When you go to church what do you hope to get out of the sermon? This is a question we should ask ourselves on a regular basis. I think most people rightly want to be edified, encouraged, and comforted. There are plenty of circumstances in life that cause us to…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Don’t Lean the Fridge!

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All too often we dally with sin and wander the streets of temptation. We fail to recognize that sin is powerful and we do best to steer clear of it entirely. The type of example that often comes to mind is young people and sexual temptation. When young people date…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Pray the Directory

I think one of the most underrated things a pastor can do is pray for his congregation. I think pastors, of course, should do all of the regular tasks we might expect: preach, study, counsel, meet with the elders, and perform the regular pastoral administrative responsibilities, which may vary from…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: The Face in the Mirror

As a pastor I regularly listened to people give all sorts of reasons and excuses for their sinful conduct. As a parent, I have listened to my children blame everyone else for their sin. In one sense, this is nothing new. Blame shifting first appeared in the Garden of Eden…
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