Three Obstacles to Pastoring and Caring for the Flock The Individualistic Nature of the Culture. Example: An attitude that basically says, “It’s none of your business.” Analysis: The result is that people are islands of festering wounds. They are . … More Three Modern Obstacles to Pastoring and Caring for the Flock
Tuesday is for Counseling: A Great New Book On Thursday, I will post an interview with Matt Mitchell, a fellow EFCA pastor from the great state of Pennsylvania. I’m not sure where Matt and I crossed paths but I have appreciated his ministry for some time. His blog, Matt-Mitchell.blogspot.com, is filled with pastoral insight and … More Coming: An Interview with the Author of a Book I Hope Becomes a Runaway Bestseller
Friday is for Heart Songs Ran across a great quote today from Dutch-Catholic Priest, Henri Nouwen, who in 1972 wrote these words in his book, The Wounded Healer: It is a painful fact indeed to realize how poorly prepared most Christian leaders prove to be when they are invited to be spiritual leaders in the true sense. … More Becoming a Pastor Rather than a Circus Director
Pain in life is inevitable. Relational pain is inevitable. Sin stinks and its effects devastate. To deny that life is hard, that happiness is sometimes a struggle, that joy is a battle, is to forget that we live this side of heaven. And yet, as I preached last week in the final message from the … More What if my spouse leaves me?
Monday is for Discussion Jesus has risen. His purpose has been accomplished. He appears to his disciples. The ones who ran and hid, . . . the ones who declared loyalty and failed, . . . the ones who he had told to not let their hearts be troubled (John 14:1), . . . Those … More The First Command of Christ and The Cure for Depression
Three Obstacles to Pastoring and Caring for the Flock 1. The Individualistic Nature of the Culture. Example: An attitude that basically says, “It’s none of your business,” or “It’s my problem and I’ll deal with it may way.” Analysis: The result is that people are islands of festering wounds. They are isolated, diseased, and malnourished. Thus, … More Three Obstacles to Pastoral Care (and suggested paths to overcome them)
Helping the “Psychologized” Brother Problem: Many in our culture, including Christians, are far more committed to pop psychology than they are to a biblical worldview. Analysis: Failure to recognize this is like a doctor failing to recognize that the 55 year-old man holding his chest with a paralyzed left side of his body … More Helping the “Psychologized” Brother (or sister)
Tuesday is for Teaching Pastoring a multi-staff church and multi-site churches and consulting with similar churches and other pastors, I am periodically drawn into the forest of a church’s counseling load. And in many instances, you see the people of God falling into the same traps and unproductive paths of thinking that sabotage real progress … More The Right Thing Is Not Always the Effective Thing.
Friday is for Heart Songs One of the most comforting verses in the whole of Scripture for a pastor is Psalm 19:7. 7 The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. It tells him that the … More The Pastor’s Comfort for the Task of Preaching
Wednesday is for Prayer “Life is well designed. Men and women grow old so that someone will be wise enough to teach the young.” (Lord Mhoram in the novel, Lord Foul’s Bane by Stephen R. Donaldson, page 279 in paperback edition) We are wise to be cautious when we find “truth” in fiction but novels, even … More The Good Design of Life