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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: Compounding Interest

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One of life’s biggest lessons I have learned is the benefits and drawbacks of compounding interest. In financial terms, compounding interest is the idea that when you put money in the bank, say, $100, that you begin to earn more money the more interest you make. If you earn $10…
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Kindle the Fire in Your Soul through the Word

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By Fletcher Mantandika, MDiv, 2008 WSC Alumnus  An Inventory for the Soul Every good businessman will, from time to time, close his business for inventory.  This is considered standard practice for any business to succeed.  Closing a business for inventory on a regular basis, allows the business owner to think…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Failure

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Failures in life can be very discouraging. You prepare and work for years and then fail at the very task for which you’ve been preparing. I think, for example, of the numerous seminary students whom I’ve seen fail at their licensure or ordination exams. They work for years in college,…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: The Basics

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In my years as a pastor I would regularly make home visits with the families in my church. I did my best to get into every household at least once per year. This sounds like a very infrequent visiting schedule, but when a church has thirty or more households and…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Theological Junkies

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Within the Reformed community people place a high premium upon theological learning and knowledge. On the one hand, I think this is a good thing. There are far too many Christians who barely know their Bibles. I remember listening to a radio broadcast where the interviewer went around a Christian…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: The Internet and Purity

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The Internet has brought many great advances and benefits, even blessings. I marvel at the fact that as little as ten years ago, or less, when I used to travel I could only talk to my wife over the phone. But now, with advances with the Internet and related technology,…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Run Your Own Race

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In my pre-parent life, I used to have time to run a few triathlons—sprints, mainly. One of the things that I found personally discouraging was the fact that the race event staff would write your age on your calf muscle with a large waterproof marker. At first, it didn’t bother…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Liar, liar, pants on fire!

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One of the strangest tendencies I’ve found in ministry is that people will meet you for the first time and tell whoppers—huge lies. I’m not sure why they do this, but they do. I suspect they don’t tell these lies out of malice but out of a desire to have…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Sunday Fights

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I have a confession to make: I have to admit that even though I’m a pastor, my family and I have occasionally gotten into fights on Sunday morning. Perhaps with this admission those of you reading this post have let out a collective gasp in shock and disbelief. What? The…
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