The greatest mark that the gospel leaves on a soul is not the capacity to never get it wrong, but the capacity to incarnate grace, forgiveness, and community in imperfection. This can only occur when we have a more developed understanding of how the Gospel brings renewal and recreation to the events and relationships of …

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The same experiences can lead to a pastor’s soul being an expression of trust and gratitude or lapsing into distance and cynicism. There will be injuries, but scars speak of an experience of healing while open wounds speak of ongoing (unrecognised / unaddressed / unresolved) pain. The pastor is not someone who has avoided injury, …

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Craig Barnes writes in reflection on pastoral life and includes and observation about the repetitious nature of pastoral care. Frustration, care, and even and ambition can lead a pastor to resentment that care and growth are not done in one, but return again and again. Growth is the desired outcome, but the character of God …

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