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A Pastor’s Reflections: Failure

VFT
Failures in life can be very discouraging. You prepare and work for years and then fail at the very task for which you’ve been preparing. I think, for example, of the numerous seminary students whom I’ve seen fail at their licensure or ordination exams. They work for years in college,…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: The Basics

VFT
In my years as a pastor I would regularly make home visits with the families in my church. I did my best to get into every household at least once per year. This sounds like a very infrequent visiting schedule, but when a church has thirty or more households and…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Reading Ahead

VFT
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: Keep Your Close Friends Far Away

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In many churches one of the most popular people is the pastor and his family. I think people are naturally drawn to the person who stands before them each week and heralds the gospel. I think people are attracted to their pastor for a number of reasons. Some think, for…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Beating the Divorce Odds

VFT
One of the commonplace facts I hear mentioned from time to time is that the divorce rate in our country is at fifty percent—one out of two marriages fails for one reason or another. I have also heard that the divorce rate within the church isn’t much better, though I…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Meatloaf or Lobster?

VFT
One of the best feelings in the world is to deliver a sermon and get positive feedback. You spend a large part of your week preparing your message—translating the text, studying its syntax, reading commentaries, looking over background materials, and then refining and honing your message. Often it seems as…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: The Secret Service

VFT
The pastorate can be an interesting vocation because you end up interacting with a lot of different types of people. In my pastorate I have met business people, former professional athletes, homemakers, fighter pilots, millionaires, scholars, politicians, and the like. I’m always intrigued and enjoy meeting people from all walks…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: A Footnote In the Flesh

VFT
I think there are many in the church who underestimate the importance of fellowship, i.e., spending time with someone in the effort to get to know them better. A number of the colleagues that I know will go to presbytery, and then as soon as the meeting is over, they…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Five Years

VFT
I suspect one of the more exciting things for a seminary graduate is the day when he officially receives his first pastoral call. All of the years of training, studying, late nights, and hard work finally pay off—he finally gets to stand before a congregation and preach the word of…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Practice, Practice, Practice!

VFT
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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