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A Pastor’s Reflections: Sports and Sanctification

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One of the places where I have seen godly Christians spiral into a death spin of bad behavior is when they play sports. I used to play pick-up basketball games at my church in the early mornings (I was a non-shooting, non-dribbling point guard, that is to say, I am…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Christian Liberty

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One of the most undervalued and unknown doctrines is Christian Liberty. These days fundamentalism is on the rise in the Reformed churches. People believe that the only way to combat the ever-increasing tide of secularism is to build high doctrinal sea walls to preserve the church from the flood. They…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Fallen Heroes

I can remember walking through an airport as a small crowd gathered around a TV to watch Lance Armstrong win his seventh Tour de France. I was impressed with Armstrong’s performance and even inspired to work harder in my own endeavors. Most know that a few years later evidence surfaced…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Until No One Is Left

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At what point do you leave a church? This is a question that many pastors face. They take up a call at a new church, have a nice honeymoon period, and then they settle in for the grind. For some, they receive significant criticism for one reason or another. They…
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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. The problem, however, is that far too many…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Will Seminary Fix My Spiritual Problems?

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I can remember sitting in chapel and attending new student orientation. I sat there with four hundred of my new classmates as we excitedly and eagerly soaked in the material that the Academic Dean was telling us. As he spoke he went over the various ins-and-outs of seminary life and…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Time Will Tell

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We live in an age when we expect instant results. Everything around us screams, “Right now!” Amazon is working on one-hour delivery—click, and poof! You get your product in an hour. It seems like the longest minute of the day is standing at the microwave waiting for your frozen burrito…
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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: Finances

VFT
One of the things that surfaced in my pastorate was the need to sit down and offer financial counsel to members of my congregation. In a church of any size, chances are you’ll have people who struggle, for one reason or another, with making ends meet. It might be that…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Freud or Paul?

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In the twentieth and twenty-first century, Christian counseling has taken off like wildfire. Seminaries that once saw preparing men to be pastors as their bread and butter now offer counseling degrees. Let me state up front, I’m not opposed to the study of counseling, psychology, physiology, or the ways in…
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