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A Pastor’s Reflections: Confessional or Fundamentalist?

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These days it seems like Christians are in search of conservatism in whatever forms they can find it, and with good reason. It seems like the cultural, political, and theological wheels on the bus are falling off. As a pastor I found a number of people looking for shelter and…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Lumberjacks or Surgeons?

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To what might we liken the ministry of a pastor? All too often I think pastors see themselves as lumberjacks. They go into a church and look at the problems as trees that need to be chopped down. They fire up their massive chain saw and start cutting into the…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: PKs

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In church lingo there are two types of children beyond the regular kids that wander the church halls—PKs and MKs—Preacher’s kids and Missionary’s kids. In church lore PKs and MKs have built up a reputation. If you wear that label, chances are people might make assumptions about you. PKs, for…
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Latest Faculty Publications! Clark, Horton, and Fesko

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There are several new faculty publications! Dr. Horton has recently published his latest book, Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story. In this book Dr. Horton addresses the core beliefs that every Christian should embrace. You can listen to the Office Hours interview about Dr. Horton's book here.      …
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Data Gathering

I think when people imagine what it’s like to receive pastoral counseling, they envision their pastor or elder giving them wonderful advice. And, to a certain extent, this is true. When you have a problem and need advice, your pastor or elder should be able to give you sound counsel.…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Showing Interest in Others

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As a pastor you will meet a lot of different people throughout the course of your ministry. I have met fighter pilots, professional athletes, contractors, school teachers, stay-at-home moms, accountants, politicians, musicians, children, students, and the like. Some of these people have had more interesting lives and vocations than others.…
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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: 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: 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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