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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: 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: My Hope and Goal

I regularly read books about fighter pilots and commandos—I find their stories riveting and inspiring. Their levels of discipline, skill, motivation, and dangers they regularly face impress me. But in virtually every single book that I’ve read, which is probably over one hundred, there is a common theme: retirement. The…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Sympathy and Action

As a pastor, I remember looking out from the pulpit and casting fond looks upon my wife and infant son. From time to time, however, I noticed that my wife and son were absent. After the service I would ask my wife, “What happened? Where’d you go?” She explained that…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: What I See and Hear From the Pulpit

It may surprise some people, but preachers see a lot of things from the pulpit. I suspect many people hope that their pastor is too engrossed in preaching and referring to his notes so that he doesn’t notice what goes on in the sanctuary. True, preachers don’t see everything, but…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: What I Do In the Pulpit

I don’t know about other pastors, but I have a number of habits and things that I do when I’m in the pulpit. I’m not talking about preaching, as every pastor preaches from the pulpit. Rather, I’m talking about the little things that people probably never notice. Like what, you…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Christ and the Third Use of the Law

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Lutheran and Reformed theologians developed the teaching that there are three uses of the law: the civil – that which regulates society and government and is common to all people; the pedagogical – that function of the law that shows us our sin and our need for Christ; and the…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: You Talk Too Much About Jesus

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I once had a colleague tell me that a wealthy businessman and member of his congregation privately approached him and said, “I am prepared to donate a lot of money to the church, but I have this one condition. Please stop talking about Jesus so much and just tell me…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Meatloaf or Lobster?

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One of the best feelings in the world is to deliver a sermon and get positive feedback. You spend a large part of your week preparing your message—translating the text, studying its syntax, reading commentaries, looking over background materials, and then refining and honing your message. Often it seems as…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Practice, Practice, Practice!

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I was recently at a dinner party where an esteemed and seasoned colleague was commenting about the state of preaching in the church. He sadly lamented, “I think the problem with most seminary graduates is that they think that they’ve picked up all they need to learn in seminary, and…
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