Henri Nouwen makes an important distinction about pastoral ministry. A contemplative is able to live fully in the moment, but not be ruled by, and reacting to, the anxiety of that moment. In that he is able to help others to look beyond their present ‘panic-stricken convulsions’ to responses that resonate with the character of …

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When Jesus restores Peter after his denial he does so not by questioning Peter’s knowledge, but Peter’s heart. From Winn Collier: Warming by the enemy’s fire, three critics posed Peter the most straightforward query: “Are you a follower of Jesus?” They did not ask what Peter thought of the Galilean’s theology. They did not quiz …

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It was good to see David Burke at the General Assembly of Australia this week. He and Paul Cooper were launching their book Read In The Light, a compilation of essays relating to the Declaratory Statement that the Australian Presbyterian Church adopted at its formation which formalises its understanding of certain aspects of the Westminster …

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Stephen McAlpine writes about church as a place of focusses attention, not impatient demand. If Christians are to be salt and light, a non-anxious presence in an increasingly anxious culture then our gatherings would be well served to be measured and consistent. This includes the impulse for non-stop music playing under every activity and word, …

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Michael Kelley writes a four point reflection on the phrase from the Psalms ‘teach us to number our days.’ Why? We naturally assume that there will always be tomorrow – that there will always be another chance for this or that. We become procrastinators in our arrogance, assuming that the limited number of days we …

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A reflection on the Christian life as a long obedience in a consistent direction. This is not a process where Jesus gets us in, and then we set to work to keep ourselves in. This is a constant remembering of the fact we’re only in because of what Jesus has done. The more our lives …

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Peter Adam points out that being in pastoral ministry is not being in an environment that automatically promotes growth in Godliness and firewalls the pastor from sin. The opposite is true. Pastoral ministry provides a rich environment of stumbling blocks through which temptation yield the fruit of besetting sin. Pastors can learn and those who …

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