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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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A Pastor’s Reflections: One of My Biggest Fears

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I suspect that all of us have unspoken fears that we carry around with us—things that loom over us, that we live with, but perhaps don’t speak much about. One of my own biggest burdens and a constant subject of my daily prayers concerns my children. In the Scriptures I…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Picking Your Successor

From time to time a pastor will come to the end of his service at his church. In some cases it’s simply time for him to retire. In other cases, personal circumstances dictate when you might leave, or maybe another church has issued you a call. When this happens, churches…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Where to Go for your PhD

So where should you go to get a PhD? In previous posts I’ve been circling this question by addressing the subjects of whether you should pursue a PhD and how to prepare for a PhD. So if you’ve prayerfully considered these questions and now want to know where you want…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: My Hope and Goal

I regularly read books about fighter pilots and commandos—I find their stories riveting and inspiring. Their levels of discipline, skill, motivation, and dangers they regularly face impress me. But in virtually every single book that I’ve read, which is probably over one hundred, there is a common theme: retirement. The…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Dropping the Sword

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We live in a period of history where it seems as if the once solid pillars of culture are crumbling all around us. Sexual immorality was once taboo and hidden away from the public eye but is now paraded through various forms of media and bandied as entertainment—reality shows, for…
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