Brad Hambrick makes a necessary distinction that is vital if pastoral care and personal support is to be appropriate for people whose problems have different causative conditions: From the article: The concern I want to discuss is the tendency to assume that biblical principles like those found in I Corinthians 10:13 mean that all our …

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Picking up Will Willimon’s position that modernity has overly individualised and psychologised contemporary pastoral Zac Hicks points out a primary purpose of corporate worship, the neglect of which weakens both worship and pastoral care. When we hear “pastoral care,” we typically think of one-on-one, gut-wrenching meetings between a pastor and a hurting congregant. We think …

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A wise friend of mine told me that a strong bridge of relationship is required to bear the conveyance of weighty truths. From David Powlison at CCEF: your first question is not, “Do I have all the right passages to quote?” but rather, “Do I have this man’s ear? Are we in a conversation where …

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Nancy Guthrie has a post about ten things to know about grieving people. They’re quite helpful, for those supporting the grieving and for those navigating their own grief. There’s a good range of observations. Here’s one. It is extremely hard for a grieving person to have to give a report on how they’re doing. But …

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