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A Pastor’s Reflections: Protect Your Pastor!

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All you have to do is read the headlines on the interweb to know that we live in some crazy times. It seems like people are all to willing to use violence as a means of promoting their agenda. And it seems to be a growing trend that more and…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Enemies Within the Church

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One of the biggest surprises in my ministry was the opposition to the gospel that arose within my own church. I always assumed there would be opposition to the gospel from outside the church, from the unbelieving world. But at several points in my pastorate I stressed the importance of…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: My Backstop

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One of the things I love about Presbyterianism is its polity—the fact that the church employs a biblical model of churches overseen by a body of elders, not simply the pastor. In many churches the cult of personality reigns supreme—the pastor calls all of the shots and people have to…
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Latest Faculty Essays: Godfrey and Fesko

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The latest faculty publications come from Drs. Godfrey and Fesko as contributions to a festschrift for Dr. Jim Renihan, the Dean for the Institute for Reformed Baptist Studies. The essays appear in By Common Confession: Essays in Honor of James M. Renihan, edited by Ronald S. Baines, Richard C. Barcellos, and…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Small Investments

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One of the regular things I have encountered in my time in the pastorate is a massive breakdown in communication between children and their parents. Children blindside their parents with massive moral failings or hidden opinions about big questions in life and the parents have no clue as to when…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Always Be Ready

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I can remember being on vacation at the beach and I thought that I would be able finally to be anonymous. I reveled in the idea that I would dress down for church—wear casual clothes. My family and I would arrive just a few minutes before the service, slip in…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Here I am . . . well, sort of

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With ever increasing regularity I can’t help but think that the culture is conforming the church into its own image. In our individualistic culture, we have the ability to tailor-make our lives to our liking. Go to a restaurant and order a meal exactly the way you want it, order…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Pre-Marital Counseling

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I suspect given the high divorce rate in our culture, many Christians place a high premium on pre-marital counseling. Christians are concerned that newlyweds have every advantage possible going into marriage to ensure a life-long commitment and the success of the marriage. I have talked with some ministers who have…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Book Gripes

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As you can imagine, most pastors are book hounds—they have a nose for looking at, shopping for, and buying books. I can say that when I attend a theological conference, I find the book table as interesting or even sometimes more interesting that the various lectures. Like most pastors, I…
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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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