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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: The Importance of Mystery

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I can remember listening to my critics in seminary as they berated me for my theology, “You Calvinists have everything figured out—you put God in your box and leave no room for mystery!” I never understood this accusation because, in reality, my Arminian critics were the ones who left no…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Preaching Back-Up Plans

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It has happened to me, and I’ve heard of it happening to other churches, namely, what do you do if at the last minute you can’t preach? In my case, I came down with a really bad cold to the point where I lost my voice. I called one of…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Evaporating Evening Worship

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One of the things that I’ve noticed over the last ten years is, more and more Reformed churches are letting the evening worship service fall to the wayside. Churches either drop the service all together, or turn it into a Bible study, or perhaps only have one evening worship service…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Sympathy and Action

As a pastor, I remember looking out from the pulpit and casting fond looks upon my wife and infant son. From time to time, however, I noticed that my wife and son were absent. After the service I would ask my wife, “What happened? Where’d you go?” She explained that…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Will Seminary Fix My Spiritual Problems?

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I can remember sitting in chapel and attending new student orientation. I sat there with four hundred of my new classmates as we excitedly and eagerly soaked in the material that the Academic Dean was telling us. As he spoke he went over the various ins-and-outs of seminary life and…
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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: Reading Ahead

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How much time and effort do you put into getting ready for church? Many families I know take time out on Saturday night to ensure that everything is ready for Sunday—they lay out their clothes, put out the kids’ clothes, set the table for lunch, get the crock pot out,…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Practice, Practice, Practice!

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I was recently at a dinner party where an esteemed and seasoned colleague was commenting about the state of preaching in the church. He sadly lamented, “I think the problem with most seminary graduates is that they think that they’ve picked up all they need to learn in seminary, and…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Sunday Fights

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I have a confession to make: I have to admit that even though I’m a pastor, my family and I have occasionally gotten into fights on Sunday morning. Perhaps with this admission those of you reading this post have let out a collective gasp in shock and disbelief. What? The…
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