David Robertson, a Presbyterian pastor who has taken up residence in Australia a year ago or so is offering a few tentative observations and encouragements for Australian Presbyterians, and Australian Christians. You only see situations with an outsiders eyes for a limited time, so his perspective is timely, measured, and encouraging. David’s experience is such …

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If you listen to a sermon tomorrow I hope it doesn’t make you feel comfortable in your world, but causes you to long for the world God is re-creating through his Son, – and long to know completely what it is to be part of that world. From Leading With The Sermon: In preaching, God’s …

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The notion of being a courageous pastoral leader invokes thoughts of the television show ‘Yes, Minister’ where senior public servant Humphrey Appleby causes government minister Jim Hacker to reconsider his latest intention by commending it as courageous. There is an uncertain and vulnerable space in being courageous. Will Willimon contrasts costly courageous leadership with what …

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Will Willimon writes so well, and so economically, that when trying to quote, it’s hard to figure what to leave out. He refers to the need for pastor/preachers to have courage because “Gospel preaching on Sunday requires finding a way to talk about matters the congregation has excluded from conversation all week. The need for …

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