Erik Raymond provides perspective on the up and down experiences of pastoral life. It’s easy to slip into regrets about the past or apprehensions about the future. It’s also easy to feel overwhelmed in the present. Raymond’s counsel is realistic and grounded. Play the long game and keep your chin up. Have the pastoral job …

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There’s only one destination for a pastor on Mondays. From Jared Wilson: So there is water for you today, whether you push through on these difficult Mondays in the quiet of your study or the busyness of the visitation route or whether you take these Mondays off to recuperate at home. There is water for …

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From a post by Geoffrey Kirkland about pastoral burnout, its causes and cure. Since the pastor’s task is utterly impossible in the strength of the flesh, how does a saved sinner, a weak man at best, take up this task and perform it well for the glory of the Savior? Experts and statisticians provide a …

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Jean Williams’ description of worry resonated with me, a committed worrier from way back. Her personal story of three steps she undertook in walking away from being consumed by worry resonated as well. From her post: “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” …

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Deeply penetrating analysis of pastoral life by Zack Eswine. “Why is it that those who give their days to a vocation charged with the enjoyment, love and glory of God remain so vulnerable to the loneliness and isolation that any human being can feel?” “Loneliness flourishes as restful human companionship fades. Pastors need people; not …

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Mockingbird have republished an essay about the life of Vincent van Gogh entitled ‘A Life Of Aching Beauty: Vincent van Gogh as Preacher, Failure, and Painter’. The essay explores Van Gogh’s art and life, contrasting the bleakness of his experience with the vibrancy of his works, and drawing some thoughts about seeking transcendence amidst the …

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