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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At the 9Marks blog, Aaron Menikoff commends a model of pastoral presence which he calls thick-skinned and tender-hearted. It speaks of resiliently and patiently bearing with people with loving character. This guards against the burnout that can come from impatient over-sensitivity. His conclusion: Let’s work hard to avoid such pitfalls. The members of our church …

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9Marks has an article written by Ron Pracht, who has served one church for 45 years, 25 years of those as pastor. In the article Pracht lists the benefits and negatives of a long-term pastorate. Here are a few of the ‘benefit’ points that resonated with my experience: Trust grows stronger every year you stay. …

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