On Being Above Reproach

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“…an overseer must be above reproach.” (1 Timothy 3:2 ESV)

The biblical qualifications for a pastor are rather high and are deadly serious.  Many Christians and many churches have been greatly harmed by pastors who do not meet the qualifications that God lays out for them in the Bible.  Part of the reason for this is because many Christians do not actually know what to look for in a pastor and because they are often looking for the wrong things, as recent situations like this one continue to demonstrate.

The Bible is not confusing when it comes to the kind of men that should occupy the role of pastors (also described as elders, leaders, and overseers in the New Testament) in the local church.  … Continue reading

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Hope, Hopelessness & Compassion for the Lost

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One of my go to Psalms on Monday mornings when I am often tired, and grouchy, and down and utterly emotionally spent after a day of ministry is Psalm 103.  When I am completely wrung out it pours into me. And when things are darker and tougher that a typical Monday morning I go often go to Psalm 103, when I am at my lowest it ministers to my soul. And the thrust of the psalm is found in verse 2 “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.” The psalm goes on to enumerate many of the benefits of a saving relationship with the Lord through faith in Christ, and to extol the character of God.Continue reading

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Reprise: The Reason Post-High School Teens Leave

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This month of September is going into my 5th year as a full-time student ministry pastor. It is a privilege, a challenge, humbling, and a joy. I have learned soooo much from the experience, the trials, and the older men (pastors, elders, and laymen) who have poured into me the how-to of ministry.

walk-awayNow as a youth minister, I get many questions. Questions about why I do what I do with youth, what to do with rebellious teenagers, etc. But I think the overriding question I seem to get is this:

“Why do so many students leave the church (and therefore Christianity) after High School?”

This is an excellent question and one of which many a youth pastor and parent has had to wrestle with. … Continue reading

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A New Year’s Resolution for Everyone

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Happy New Year, dear reader! Have you made any resolutions for 2018? Set any goals? Established any plans for what you want to accomplish by the end of the year? In this brief post I’d like to encourage you to make at least one specific goal for this year and to move it to the top of your list.  That goal is to grow in Christ-shaped, Gospel-rooted love for other people. Along with all the books you have resolved to read, and all the weight you have purposed to lose, and all the money you hope to make (or give, or save), and all the other goals you have set for the year, make it your aim to grow in Christian love.… Continue reading

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