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.
Pastors must not neglect the New Testament’s teaching on the centrality of preaching for disciple-making.
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.
I wonder if we have this exactly backward. I wonder if the ethic of Christ is not “get a seat at the table with the influential,” but actually “leave the house altogether and share a table with the poor, the outcast, the marginalized.”
We give thanks to the God of heaven because his covenant faithfulness is immutable and endless.
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?
Does the gospel, with its promise of forgiveness of sins and fellowship with God in a kingdom not of this world, promote the abandonment of this world and the gross neglect of hurting people?
In 1666 the English Puritan Thomas Brooks wrote, “The soul being so precious, and salvation so glorious, it is the highest point of prudence to make preparations for another world.” In our pandemic age, as in every age, it is essential to ask, are we preparing?