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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: What I See and Hear From the Pulpit

It may surprise some people, but preachers see a lot of things from the pulpit. I suspect many people hope that their pastor is too engrossed in preaching and referring to his notes so that he doesn’t notice what goes on in the sanctuary. True, preachers don’t see everything, but…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Scared of the Supper

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In my years as a pastor I regularly administered the Lord’s Supper. As I would fence the table, that is, explain the nature of the Supper as well as who was allowed to take it, I usually read from 1 Corinthians 11:23-34. In this passage Paul gives some sobering counsel…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: American Flags

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I believe I am a patriotic American citizen. I pay my taxes, love my country, and my family has paid a costly price to preserve the freedom we all enjoy. I have a posthumous Bronze Star with a Combat “V” and a Purple Heart that hang in my home—a small…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Public Prayers

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This may come as a surprise but one of my least favorite things to do as a pastor is offer public prayer. I have, I believe, good reasons for my dislike of public prayer. I do like to pray—it is a very personal thing for me where I can lay…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Listen, Don’t Critique

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One of the biggest problems in Reformed churches, I believe, is that people come to church to critique the sermon rather than listen to it. How so? In Reformed churches there are always a number of theological commandos, people who love to study the Bible, read serious theological works, and…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Pew Widows

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I think few people give thought to the reality that pastor’s wives are pew widows each Sunday. What everyone else in church takes for granted, sitting with your spouse and family, is something that the pastor and his family cannot do. There is a certain comfort and benefit of sitting…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Don’t Read E-mail on Sundays

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Among the regular activities I have is reading my e-mail—I love mail in all forms. Like many, I am wired—I always have my e-mail up when I’m using my computer, I have a smart phone, and if I’m in the car, I’ll have my wife read me my e-mails while…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Life Happens in Church

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In Reformed churches there is great care and attention given to the idea that the worship service is a time of joy but it is also supposed to marked by solemnity. After all, we are meeting with the triune God. When we think of Isaiah, who fell upon his face…
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The Primary Purpose of the Church

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Foreign missions is undoubtedly one of the primary tasks of the church. After all, it was Christ who commanded his church to evangelize the nations in the Great Commission.  Moreover, we know that the apostle Paul was one who had a great zeal for missions.  But if we were to…
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