I write not as a mere observer or sympathized, but as a father and a pastor who prays for his own wayward children. How desperately I long for them to embrace the faith they were taught.
It’s possible to be afraid of God, but the man who rightly fears God enjoys the thrill, the breathlessness, the awe of glimpsing God’s glory. This man knows his own smallness—and doesn’t mind it.
I now live and pastor in a State where, before long, genuine conversion to Christ—and the life of holiness that ensures—may be deemed illegal. So what should I do?
Newton’s book gripped my heart, brought tears to my eyes, encouraged my faith, and put resolve in my soul.
Paul repeatedly connects the implications of eternal life to his pastoral labor. In this article, I will highlight seven of those implications.
Brothers, we have permission to set aside our next sermon, open the Book, and simply tend to our own heart for an unhurried season each day.
When I was interviewing with Capitol Hill Baptist Church before they called me to be their pastor, someone asked me if I had a program or plan to implement for growth. Here’s how I responded.
When the ministry is going well, remember that tomorrow’s setbacks and reversals will be bent around in God’s mighty hands into yet more blessing.
What should we remember when tragedy overwhelms us, or when we lose our way in confusion, or when we seem unable to please anyone and the congregation is stiff and cold—or even walking out?
Of all the places where people should hear that they are loved, they should hear it in the church—especially from their pastor.
Do pastors need to care about administration?
We shouldn’t spend all of our time buried in books. Instead we should talk about those books with others, perhaps even over a meal.
Pastors can neither be people-pleasers on the one side, nor take pleasure in hurting people on the other. A loving courage for the sake of the final blessedness of the flock is the goal.
Listen to these points with a discerning ear and apply them by grace as they relate to you.
In his letter to Timothy, Paul spends more ink on pastoral godliness than he does on giftedness.