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Summer Internship Highlights: Norman Paran

Where did you pursue your internship (location/church)? Skyview Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Centennial, CO (Denver Metro Area) What were your primary responsibilities (preaching, teaching, counseling, etc.)? I was initially given very general internship tasks (i.e. weekly meetings with the senior pastor, sitting into session and diaconate meetings, participating in the…
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October 5, 2018

Summer Internship Highlights: Wallie Brobst

Where did you pursue your internship (location/church)?  Mammoth Lakes, CA at Grace Community Church What were your primary responsibilities (preaching, teaching, counseling, etc.)? I had the opportunity to preach through the letter of Paul to the Colossians in nine Sundays.  I also taught two weekly Bible studies (men’s group &…
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October 1, 2018

Summer Internship Highlights: Nick Davis

Where did you pursue your internship (location/church)? In the Arizona Presbytery (PCA) – primarily at Rincon Mountain Presbyterian Church in Tucson. What were your primary responsibilities (preaching, teaching, counseling, etc.)? My primary responsibilities were preaching and teaching at churches in the area and helping with the youth at Rincon Mountain.…
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September 25, 2018

A Pastor’s Reflections: My Heroes

J. V. Fesko
When I was a kid I had a number of heroes—people I looked up to, admired, and wanted to emulate. I wanted to have the calm and cool mind of Joe Montana, who could run the two-minute drill without breaking a sweat. I looked up to Greg “Pappy” Boyington, World…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Taking Notes

VFT
One of the biggest weekly challenges I face is getting my children to pay attention in church. My kids are probably no worse than any other. And, let me be clear, they are generally very well behaved in church. They sit quietly and participate in the worship service, although my…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Funerals and Sinners

VFT
I was once asked to do a funeral for the grandmother of one of my younger church members. This young man told me that his grandmother was a believer, so I was a bit relieved. It’s difficult enough to do a funeral for a Christian, let alone an unbeliever who…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Corporal Punishment and the Means of Grace

VFT
In the church many godly Christians have well-intended but nevertheless misguided notions about the doctrine of sanctification, especially when it comes to their children. During my pastorate I remember one occasion when I was teaching Sunday School and I explained that corporal punishment (spanking) was not a means of grace—it…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Important Reading

J. V. Fesko
I can remember sitting in various classes in seminary (not WSC) and hearing all about the supposed composition of the Bible. Moses didn’t write the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible) but it was instead written by at least four different authors spread over several hundred years long…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Playing with Fire

VFT
“If you play with fire, you’re bound to get burned,” is an adage that conveys both great wisdom and warning for would-be pyromaniacs. But the warning is equally apt for theologians in the church. Sometimes they find ideas that they believe are useful, especially in theological debate. But what they…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Christianity and Islam—a View from the Past

VFT
One of the most pressing issues in our day is the growth of Islam. Some statistics claim that Islam is the fastest growing religion and that if current growth rates continue that Muslims will surpass the world’s Christian population by the end of the century. This is good reason for…
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