The Advent season is designed to take up the grand narrative of the Bible and hold it before the church in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
With all that’s changed, and will change in the months to come, this much we know: the pastor’s job description remains the same.
What are the implications of the doctrine of adoption for pastoral ministry? At least this: It forces us to examine our ministries and consider how we relate to our people.
As the pulpit goes, so goes the church.
Pastors are first and foremost worship leaders in the church. Worship of God is what we were made for and where we find our true humanity.
James isn’t crazy in his talk of joy in trials. He’s a faithful pastor.
What is the most important “voice” in your life? Who do you listen to most intently? What words have the most influence over choices you make throughout the day?
Few things, by God’s grace, capture the mind and the heart like an oncology waiting room. And we need to be captured by God—pulled away from the numbing effects of the world.
Convinced he and his generation were living in the Last Days, Luther saw himself as a prophet proclaiming the “Reformation-to-come”—the second coming of Christ when God would consummate His kingdom.
We live in a world of people who are trying to justify themselves — whether they know it or not, they are trying to make themselves right before God by saying the right things, doing the right things, feeling the appropriate shame, virtue-signaling enough so that they are declared righteous.