A culture that exalts the image of the self will also sing along to Amazing Grace. Past generations of Christians had little problem thinking of themselves as wretches (in contrast to wretched). What do they think they’re singing? From Fleming Rutledge. It is baffling that our whole society knows and apparently loves to sing “Amazing …

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The Care Of Souls by Harold Senkbeil is a book about pastoral ministry that focuses on the pastoral role as ministering grace, rather than managerial or therapeutic. In writing about being a pastor, Senkbeil describes how the acts of pastoral craft move from being habits to what he terms habitus, and how the pastor moves …

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A reminder that a thoughtful and intentional Gospel ministry relies on supernatural power, not pragmatism for its outcome. From Gospel-Driven Church Jared C Wilson : One of the most frequent temptations pastors and church leaders face today is to replace a steady commitment to gospel preaching and revival prayer with human ingenuity and industriousness. Can …

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In Gospel-Driven Church Jared Wilson offers a critique of church growth that is not confined to a style or a size of congregation: I also want to be clear about what I don’t mean. When I use the word attractional, I am not referring to “contemporary” worship styles or megachurches. Some critics of the attractional …

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Friendship as a trusted and faithful custodian of someone’s story, of being a friend to them through the accumulation of knowledge that might otherwise isolate us. An interesting observation from Sammy Rhodes. The hard work of friendship is entrusting your heart to another and risking your story while at the same time holding your friend’s …

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