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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

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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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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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