Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 44 Q & A 98 Q What is prayer? A Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God,1 for things agreeable to his will,2 in the name of Christ,3 with confession of our sins,4 and thankful acknowledgment of his mercies.*5 *1 Psalm 10:17; Psalm 62:8; Matthew 7:7-8. …

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Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 43 Q & A 96 Q What is the Lord’s Supper? A The Lord’s Supper is a sacrament, wherein, by giving and receiving bread and wine, according to Christ’s appointment, his death is showed forth;1 and the worthy receivers are, not after a corporal and carnal manner, but by …

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The notion of being a courageous pastoral leader invokes thoughts of the television show ‘Yes, Minister’ where senior public servant Humphrey Appleby causes government minister Jim Hacker to reconsider his latest intention by commending it as courageous. There is an uncertain and vulnerable space in being courageous. Will Willimon contrasts costly courageous leadership with what …

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The negative emotions we feel are meant to cause us to reflect on self and circumstance to consider changing what we are doing or where we are. The current cultural moment is amplifying emotions. That amplification could manifest as an increase in generalised anxiety. The situation does not create the generalised anxiety, so much as …

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