I have been trying to learn (since it was pointed out to me in painful circumstances) that saying things about members of the congregation in a negative way as a form of ‘in joke’ is wrong. That lesson has been hard to apply because of the familiarity we have with each other as a church, …

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Leading With The Sermon is a new book on preaching by Will Willimon. This taste demonstrates why I’m looking forward to it. Preaching is at the center of pastoral work not only because in preaching a pastor is with more members of the congregation, in a more intentional and focused way, than in any other …

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Pastoral ministry is not a therapeutic activity, it is a means that “can help to create a people worthy to tell the [Gospel] story and to live it.” Hauerwas and Willimon write so well that every line is pleasure to read, and is so well constructed its hard to lift little grabs of text because …

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This article urges Christians to refrain from allowing funerals to be replaced by celebrations of life. A celebration of life evades the inescapable fact that there’s been a death. Instead of an acknowledgement of that they become “post-mortem roasts for non-celebrities.” Jason Allen isn’t against laughter and a sense of lightness, but any lightness should …

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Ray Ortlund offers counsel to younger ministers that their ministries will take a lifetime, and they can’t be short-tracked. I found his observations to be true, but that they are also applicable all through life. They aren’t just stages you go through, rather they are awarenesses you grow into, awarenesses that then accompany you in …

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