Psalm 91 has featured in numerous reflections about the current social struggles to deal with the Covid-19 epidemic. Zack Eswine considers the same Psalm and offers wise counsel about listening well to those who are struggling to express their pain in a unique season of suffering. Honest naming isn’t safe for many of us. We’ve …

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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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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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Pastors must have compassion and empathy for those they serve, but it is not pastoral compassion and empathy that brings change and healing. That comes from God working through his gracious means. This by no means excuses pastors from compassion and empathy, for these adorn the reception of those gracious means. From The Care Of …

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Will Willimon tells the story of his first Christmas in a new appointment serving a very small church, having received the news that his estranged black-sheep father has died in his memoir Accidental Preacher. His stories resonate with experiences of pastoral life, not in a self-serving or manipulative way that presents the pastoral role as …

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