Pastoral Ministry

The Complexity of Pastoral Care

Pastoral care is exceedingly complex. In seminary, our professors taught us to labor to become discriminating preachers–that is, men who preach to different categories of hearers in the congregation. In … Read more→

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The Pastor and Social Media

A number of years ago, I was having a conversation with a friend who has a fairly substantial public ministry. We were discussing the issue of motives in ministry and the … Read more→

Spiritual Warfare

Pastoral Ministry and Spiritual Warfare

Pastoral ministry is unrelenting spiritual warfare. There was a time in Protestant history when an emphasis on spiritual warfare in the Christian life and in pastoral ministry was standard fare. … Read more→


The God of Typological Recapitulation

The Scriptures are full of typological recapitulations to help us better grasp the Person and work of Christ. The principle of theological recapitulation occurs by a series of creation-fall-redemption events. Many of these are … Read more→


Of Interest

Edwards Preaching

Jonathan Edwards’ Preferred Method of Delivery In Preaching


If you have spent any amount of time reading books or articles, or listening to lectures, about the ministry of the great Jonathan Edwards, you have, no doubt, come across … Read more→


The Real Miracle

A friend recently said to me, “I don’t deserve the life I have. Years ago I was wandering from God out in the far country and He saved me; He … Read more→


Dividends and Drawbacks of Small Groups

The term “small group” (or its many variations) carries almost as much baggage as the word “missional.” It means many different things to different people. Some envision small groups to be places … Read more→


Ministering to the Mobile

If you had told me 8 years ago that I would parachute plant a church in a small waterfront peninsula in Savannah, GA with a 40-70% military officer ratio at any given … Read more→

Echoes of Glory

Echoes of the Glory of Christ

When we think of the humiliation and exaltation of Christ we tend to do so in terms of the two stages of His incarnate existence–namely, His incarnation/death and His resurrection/ascension. … Read more→


The Insatiable Quest for Greatness

Not that long ago, a friend of mine who is church planting told me that one of the ministers in the church planting network to which he belongs told him, … Read more→

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The Most Neglected Part of Christ’s Saving Work

In recent years, it has become more commonplace to hear certain theologians emphasize that the ascension and present reign of Christ are the most neglected aspects of His work of … Read more→


The Crown of Thorns

The crown of thorns was the symbol of the cursed ground out of which man was taken. When Adam rebelled, he rejected God’s reign and crowned himself king. God pronounced … Read more→


The Spiritual Stages of a Believer’s Life

1 John 2:12-14 gives us one of the most wonderful prose-like theological structures in Scripture. The Apostle, writing about the benefits that believers have in Christ casts it under the … Read more→


Sing Your Heart Out

Many years ago, I had an employer who was intent on trying to provoke me with a variety of sacrilegious jokes and statements. Having just come back from visiting her parents over one … Read more→

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