The current crisis in a unique time for pastors. Usually crises are experienced on a personal or group level, but almost never on a ubiquitous level. When folk experience crisis situations we try to help them draw down of the spiritual capital God has accumulated in their lives. A crisis is not the optimal time …

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In this post about ways that preachers can evaluate their own sermons, Kevin DeYoung offers some diagnostic questions preachers can ask themselves about their own preparation and sermons. The ten questions range across different aspects of the preacher’s life, but I found these three to be challenging in the context of frequent and regular sermon …

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Attended the thanksgiving service for the life of Reg Mathews today. Reg was a minister who served in South Australia, Victoria, and overseas (France) over a time spanning 46 years. And his ministry will continue to bear fruit for many more years to come. He died after a very short and unexpected illness.

Mez McConnell carries out remarkable ministry among marginalised groups of people, a background that he shares with those he ministers to. Here he writes about the way in which the doctrine of substitutionary atonement, rather than detracting from his ministry to the needs of people, actually is the foundation that enables him to serve. Here’s …

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Conversations with pastors from a wide variety of contexts resonate with the theme explored in this article. There are structures in some aspects of contemporary church life that make imperatives out of beneficial non-essentials. And a sure sign of spiritual growth trying to be achieved through human effort is a burn-out attrition among leaders and …

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I have been trying to learn (since it was pointed out to me in painful circumstances) that saying things about members of the congregation in a negative way as a form of ‘in joke’ is wrong. That lesson has been hard to apply because of the familiarity we have with each other as a church, …

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