The wise pastor will become familiar with New Testament hyperlinks to the Old Testament and learn to move between anchor texts and their targets so as to rightly divide the Word of truth.
Most of the pastors I know garner my trust and respect and deserve my prayers and support.
Part four in a six-part series, What Makes a Great Preacher
The biblical expectations are high, and the nonbiblical ones held by many churches are higher still.
The minister is to be at God’s disposal, sensing and seeking his leadership for where he would have the minister go and to whom he would have the minister serve.
We have a God that deals in the business of the inadequate and unworthy. Let the power of Christ rest upon you, young pastor.
The proud preacher can’t stand to be criticized, let alone critiqued.
As pastors, we are vulnerable to paint ourselves as victims on the one hand or to become bullies or crooks or adulterers on the other.
For Christians, the Bible is the most precious and important book we possess. In its pages are the divinely inspired words that guide us to know and love our God.
After the Bible there are a few books that every believer should probably read, reread, and apply. On this short list would be works like Foxe's Book of Martyrs, Pilgrim's Progress, Augustine's Confessions, Mere Christianity, Knowing God…
Before I am anything else, I am a man who has been saved and sustained by the God of the gospel.
I want a pastor who will stop slathering fresh layers of bitumen on his egomaniacal Babel and believe instead that his hope isn’t in being well-liked.
We can’t look to the degrees on our wall or the title beside our name as evidence of qualification.
The man I wanted to be was the man God prescribed, above all.
Hitting the pause button on life and ministry will help us find rest for our souls and experience a sweet foretaste of heavenly rest in Christ’s presence.
Pastors have a weighty calling. It is a calling that carries with it lasting and eternal consequences.
I’ve got scars and stories and schooling in a degree program only accredited in heaven.
Changing expectations is one of the most effective means for enjoying any experience, including the experience of pastoral ministry.
How can I help this member see and savor Jesus Christ?
We know He gives the growth and thus gets the glory, but He does see you, and He will reward you.
Being around the flock helps them see what our message looks like in real life.
Measuring the success of one’s service based primarily on what we can see is deceptive because most of the fruit in our ministry is in things that are unseen.
The call to plant and pastor is primarily a call to help people keep the gospel in focus.
When you see Jesus correctly, the right response is fear.
For a people prone to forget, Paul's words to Timothy are a stirring call to rememberance. The reminder that Christ is at the center of all of life and ministry is a drink of cool water to parched and thirsty souls.
The intellectual discipline exhibited by Calvin in his early years of study, and consistently displayed in his years of ministry in Geneva, is worth emulating.
Not once has God ever picked up a perfect church led by a perfect pastor to write his continuing story of redemption.
The only thing I could do was to depend on the Biblical pattern of elder plurality
If you are a leader and you’ve led them thus far, lead them further by giving them some space to plan, pray, and get collected.
When accumulated fatigue takes hold of us, a night of rest, a weekend get-a-way, or a six-week sabbatical likely won’t help.
The call of pastoral ministry is completed only when the body of Christ affirm that call as a pastor.
Serve with the knowledge not that your ministry is unseen but rather that it is closely monitored by heaven.
Hospitality is more than having a cookout.
What if we refused to be threatened by our sister churches and instead committed to pray for them?
I would not have been called to my current church if I had abandoned the convictions that caused that first church to reject me.
Next time someone opens up and cries in your presence, just sit there, listen, and watch what happens.
"First day on the job with the new flock. It isn’t the biggest or the healthiest flock in the world…but it’s mine. And I’m excited to see how they’ll grow."
My younger self wanted a voice, wanted a platform but was unwilling to invest in the character required by the gospel.
Sheep have been known to bite their shepherd. How should pastors respond in the face of unjust criticism?
David was anointed to sit on the throne. But he was appointed to sit among sheep.
Six things I was reminded of when I sought the congregation's feedback on my preaching.
While on vacation, I reflect on my life in every dimension, seek to identify personal weaknesses, and strive to strengthen them.
Pastors must be able to teach sound doctrine and all that accords with it.
If a man is easily swayed, we are slow to consider him as an elder.
I quickly learned that an unguarded heart leads to unfiltered preaching.
The church doesn't just need more leaders; it needs more leaders who are pursuing godliness.
In our failure, we actually find opportunity to be defined by Jesus, grow in gratitude, and look to others.