Category Archives: Pastoral

David Alan Black on the Apostle Paul as a Missionary-Writer

The apostle Paul, one of my favorite authors, lacked all of the advantages I have. He did most of his writing on the move, and much of it on the run. He wrote in the midst of an extremely busy … Continue reading

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On reading “On Being A Servant of God” as a Devotional

I’m nine days into Warren W. Wiersbe’s classic On Being A Servant of God.  There are thirty neatly packed chapters.  I’m really enjoying them. For example, in the first chapter Wiersbe defines ministry thus: Ministry takes place when divine resources … Continue reading

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A Pastor’s Affection for His People

So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.  (1 Thess. 2:8 ESV, bold added) More than … Continue reading

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From a Pastor’s Heart

“Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.”  (Phil. 4:1 NRSV) But this requires the shepherd to stay with his flock for the long … Continue reading

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A Pastor’s Prayer

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;     test me and know my anxious thoughts.  24 See if there is any offensive way in me,     and lead me in the way everlasting.  (Psalm 139:22-24 NIV84) Before we lead our people this … Continue reading

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