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A Pastor’s Reflections: The Face in the Mirror

As a pastor I regularly listened to people give all sorts of reasons and excuses for their sinful conduct. As a parent, I have listened to my children blame everyone else for their sin. In one sense, this is nothing new. Blame shifting first appeared in the Garden of Eden…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Reversing the Effects

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The Internet has brought a technological revolution to many different aspects of life. In the pre-internet days if you were watching a TV show and recognized an actor but could not remember what other shows she appeared in, you were simply left in your ignorance. Now, you can whip out…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Virtual Ethics

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Abraham Kuyper once said that every single square inch of the creation lies under the sovereignty of Jesus Christ. I think most Christians would affirm this idea but more and more, in seems, people in reality are starting to carve out small places where Christ does not reign. It may…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Fire and Ice

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As a child I can remember there were massive differences between my maternal and paternal grandparents. My paternal grandparents hardly ever said a cross word at one another—I don’t recall them ever having a fight. Maybe they were good actors, or maybe I didn’t visit them enough and they fought…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Don’t Pull the Trigger Too Fast

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One of the church’s biggest problems is divorce. I can’t say that I’ve seen any documented statistics, but one of the mantras I’ve heard over the years is that the divorce rate is the same inside and outside the church. About half of all marriages end in divorce. I have…
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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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