Last month by God’s grace, I reached my five-year anniversary as the preaching pastor of my local church and surpassed a decade of vocational pastoral ministry. I realize that this is not an incredibly long time and that compared to many faithful pastors, I’m still a snot-nosed kid with all kinds of things yet to learn. Yet, I actually find it astonishing that I’ve made it this far. Truly, this is all of grace. I say that because I’ve come to realize that being in ministry poses a myriad of threats to a man’s spiritual health.
I remember hearing it said somewhere that ministry will either make you a better man, or a far worse one. … Continue reading
A few weeks ago I was blessed to be able to take in a major league baseball game in the most beautiful ballpark in America, Pittsburgh’s PNC Park. It has become somewhat of a tradition over the past few years for one of the men in the church and I to make the 3 ½ hour trip to Pittsburgh to take in a day game. So when the year’s schedule comes out I look at the season’s weekday day games and we pick one for the trip. When you are picking a baseball game to travel to one day from April to September in March, there is always a risk because there are variables, most notably the weather.… Continue reading
Eschatology, the study of end times, may be one of the most misunderstood and debated issues in theology. I have heard some people say: “It really doesn’t matter.” “It’s too complicated, why study?” And “Too many people fight over it, I don’t want to fight.” One famous pastor even said it’s sin and divides the church to have eschatology in your doctrinal statement.
Those objections may have a glimmer of truth to them. People can have differing views of eschatology (on some level) and still have the gospel right. People disagree over whether or not Israel will be restored and a seven year tribulation, but both groups still place their faith in Jesus Christ, have been atoned for, and will stand next to each other in heaven.… Continue reading
Note:I am running this reprise about the theology of the Roman Catholic church in anticipation of my next post. And yes that is a teaser.
There has been a lot of talk in recent months about evangelicals, Roman Catholics and the pope. Whether John Piper’s recent tweet, or the recent march of Evangelical leaders to the Vatican, or the unprecedented interest among prominent evangelical celebrities in the most recent papal election, many are asking anew, or for the first time, is Rome a Christian church and are Catholics brothers in Christ?
Mike Gendron from Proclaiming the Gospel Ministries ruffled more than a few feathers when he said:
“I’m very concerned because what this does is it confuses the average evangelical.
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October 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