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Valiant for Truth - Preaching

A Pastor’s Reflections: Always Pack Heat
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I don’t know why, but the phrase, “Packing heat,” is one of my all-time favorites. Perhaps in our politically correct age making such an admission might invite scorn, but I don’t have violence in mind.

 
 
 
A Pastor’s Reflections: Listen, Don’t Critique
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One of the biggest problems in Reformed churches, I believe, is that people come to church to critique the sermon rather than listen to it. How so? In Reformed churches there are always a number of theological commandos, people who love to study the Bible, read serious theological works, and encourage and spur others on to improve their own knowledge.

 
 
 
A Pastor’s Reflections: Lectio Continua
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During the sixteenth-century Reformation one of the standard practices for pastors was to preach lectio continua, chapter-by-chapter, verse-by-verse, through books of the Bible. At Geneva, for example, John Calvin preached from the New Testament in the morning and the Old Testament in the evening.

 
 
 
Recommended Pastoral Reading, pt. 2
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In our last post, we recommended books that had to do with the faith and life of the minister of the word.  In this post, we give our recommendations on homiletics resources.

 
 
 
A Pastor’s Reflections: Book Allowance
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I have found it to be true, that as a general rule, people do not like to pay for maintenance, whether it is for their home or car, for example. Replacing the air conditioner on your home can be very costly, and after you’ve spent thousands of dollars, at least on the surface, you don’t have much to show for it.