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A Pastor’s Reflections: Confessional or Fundamentalist?

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These days it seems like Christians are in search of conservatism in whatever forms they can find it, and with good reason. It seems like the cultural, political, and theological wheels on the bus are falling off. As a pastor I found a number of people looking for shelter and…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Act Your Role

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I am and probably will be a child at heart as long as I live. Perhaps it’s in my DNA or I can blame my dad for influencing my personality—but I don’t always feel my age. In fact, I was just recently showing one of my colleagues my latest Star…
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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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Latest Faculty Publication: Fesko and Who Is Jesus?

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  WSC's latest faculty publication is Dr. Fesko's, Who Is Jesus? Knowing Christ through His "I Am" Sayings (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Press). Here's a description of the book: Who is Jesus? Is He God, as the church has claimed for nearly two thousand years? Or is He just a good man?…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Lumberjacks or Surgeons?

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To what might we liken the ministry of a pastor? All too often I think pastors see themselves as lumberjacks. They go into a church and look at the problems as trees that need to be chopped down. They fire up their massive chain saw and start cutting into the…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Smile

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One of the things my wife constantly tells me is, “Don’t forget to smile!” It’s a simple thing, really, but something that I fail to do. You see, ever since I was born I have a tendency to walk around with a scowl on my face—in fact, my forehead has…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Out of the Bubble

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I can remember being at a dinner party and overhearing two godly Christians talk about their lives, and in the course of their conversation they started talking about non-Christians. One of them commented to the nodding approval of the other, “I don’t have any non-Christian acquaintances or friends. In fact,…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Out of the Echo Chamber

I can remember hearing a colleague once boast, “I never read anyone except Reformed authors. I don’t want to waste my time with what other less-informed theologians think.” I didn’t have the time to inquire more about the statement but was nonetheless concerned with such a narrow view of theological…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: PKs

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In church lingo there are two types of children beyond the regular kids that wander the church halls—PKs and MKs—Preacher’s kids and Missionary’s kids. In church lore PKs and MKs have built up a reputation. If you wear that label, chances are people might make assumptions about you. PKs, for…
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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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