St. Patrick, the Missionary part 2.

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Part 1 on St. Patrick looks into his early life, specifically his salvation and captivity into slavery. Growing up in Oklahoma, St. Patrick was some dude a celebration was named after. St. Patrick’s day was really about green clothing, Irish food, and when old enough, pub specials. After I got saved, St. Patrick was a Catholic church holiday I wanted nothing to do with. Thankfully men like Shawn (the author of this blog) and Dr. Haykin (check out his book) revealed the real Patrick, a missionary similar to the missionaries we support in our church. He is really an orthodox, early patristic Christian with a heart for the Gospel.… Continue reading

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St. Patrick: The Missionary

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The real Patrick of Ireland, behind the lore, served as one of the first missionaries during the patristic era. He is most well known to us as the patron saint of Ireland—patronized in the 7th century by the Irish Catholic Church. We memorialize him every “St. Patrick’s Day”—March 17, the attributed day of his death.[1] Most are probably unaware how similar his ministry was to modern day missions. Instead, his lore seems to be remembered and honored wearing green and a pub holiday. He is rumored to have risen and healed many dead men (cf. Life and Acts of St.Continue reading

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How to Care for Your Pastor

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the-shepherdOctober is pastor appreciation month. Here is something to help us consider how to love our shepherd. “Here are some great exhortations from Shawn Wilhite, a man who loves the Lord, the local church, and his pastor. Shawn’s exhortations are well thought out, lived out, and come from both experience and study.” — Jason Vaughn

How do you, as a congregation, care for your pastors? Pastors are tired, yet joyful; discouraged, yet constantly refreshed; and they have one of the most joyful, rewarding, and refining work. But how do and should congregational members care for their pastors—even associate pastors or staff?… Continue reading

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How to Care for Your Pastor (Reprise)

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** With Shepherds’ Conference this week, many of your pastors are away attending the conference. Here are some great exhortations from Shawn Wilhite, a man who loves the Lord, the local church, and his pastor. **

the-shepherdHow do you, as a congregation, care for your pastors? Pastors are tired, yet joyful; discouraged, yet constantly refreshed; and they have one of the most joyful, rewarding, and refining work. But how do and should congregational members care for their pastors—even associate pastors or staff?

It was during my time in Seminary I was introduced to this idea. How are we to nurture and care for our pastors?… Continue reading

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How to Care for Your Pastor

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the-shepherdHow do you, as a congregation, care for your pastors? Pastors are tired, yet joyful; discouraged, yet constantly refreshed; and they have one of the most joyful, rewarding, and refining work. But how do and should congregational members care for their pastors—even associate pastors or staff?

It was during my time in Seminary I was introduced to this idea. How are we to nurture and care for our pastors? I read a chapter, later turned into a small pamphlet, entitled Praying for Sunday: You, Your Pastor, and Your Next Sermon. Little did I know how great an affect this pamphlet would have on my praying life.… Continue reading

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