Peter Adam points out that being in pastoral ministry is not being in an environment that automatically promotes growth in Godliness and firewalls the pastor from sin. The opposite is true. Pastoral ministry provides a rich environment of stumbling blocks through which temptation yield the fruit of besetting sin. Pastors can learn and those who …

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Peter Adam on the worst way of wanting the best. Falling prey to cynicism is an ongoing struggle, one that destroys the capacity for empathy, a necessary element to constructive change and growth. The article has some lists that help to diagnose and treat the tendency to cynicism. From the article: Those of us engaged …

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Peter Adam provides what is titled Advice To A Young Preacher, but his points are worth revisiting at any age or stage in preaching experience. This one is challenging when producing sermons in a most individualistic age and culture: Recognize that most of the Bible is actually addressed to God’s people, not to individuals. Even …

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Peter Adam provides a succinct list of fourteen questions that need to be addressed by preachers before they deliver their sermon. Here are numbers 6 to 11: 6. Have I reflected on and applied the passage and the sermon to myself, and responded with repentance, faith, and obedience? 7. Have I prayed for the people …

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Peter Adam writes about the ongoing process of growth that being a preacher requires: Being a preacher requires ever-increasing Biblical intelligence, emotional intelligence, theological intelligence, and pastoral intelligence. Of course, by intelligence i mean alert and perceptive wisdom. I don’t mean cleverness but depth of understanding and wisdom. +++ We need to be Biblically, emotionally, …

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Peter Adam continues a series of articles, this time identifying preaching as being the natural place where the Bible is corporately opened and applied to God’s people. If God speaks to his people as a group, why attempt to individualise the focus of applications? It’s not so much that there’s something in the text for …

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Being a Christian is a corporate experience with individual implications, not an individual experience with corporate implications. Peter Adam is writing a brief series about preaching. Here he addresses what it means to understand the Bible (and preaching) is “mainly addressed to God’s people, not to individuals.” Individualism in preaching [that is, merely addressing individuals] …

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