Here are the items and resources of interest for July 11, 2017:
In trying to be helpful, many churches have failed, because they have failed to be truthful. They have failed not out of hardness of heart, or lacking of kindness, but in thinking that they are more merciful than God. I shudder to think about how much more rigorous, painful, and dangerous, and difficult my conversion would have been had it taken place in 2016. Rigorous, painful, dangerous, and difficult both for me personally and for my church. … Especially today the PCA is smitten in a stupid way, I’m using a hard word, very stupid way and to their shame, to the gay Christian movement. — Dr. Butterfield.
- We have all seen people using coffee shops as their “office away from the office.” The tips offered in this article are helpful and accurate.
- Perhaps these tips will come in handy the next time you find a tick on your pet or yourself.
View from the parking lot of Fellowship PCA
After much thought, prayer, and discussion with my wife and trusted friends I have accepted the call of the congregation of Fellowship Presbyterian Church, PCA in Newport, TN to be their solo pastor. I am very excited and humbled at the Lord’s working to bring this opportunity to reality.
It was not an easy decision. Though our hearts are breaking, and though we care deeply for the people of Landis, my wife and I believe this is the right time for us to make this move. We have nothing but the fondest of thoughts for God’s people at Landis Presbyterian Church. They have been supportive, kind, and patient with their young pastor (ministerially at least). It is our greatest desire to see Landis grow and become the salt and light the Savior says they are in a community that so desperately needs the Gospel (Philippians 1:3-11). We ask that you pray diligently for them and that God would abundantly provide for them.
Our immediate plans are as follows: I will continue as the pastor of Landis until August 1, 2017. Between now and then we will look for housing in the Newport, TN area. Our plans are to rent a home for one-year and then purchase a house in the area. We are now in packing mode, both at home and in my study at the church. Lord willing we will be in our new home by August 1. Pending presbytery approval, the installation service will be August 13, 2017, at the church.
I look forward to this opportunity and privilege to shepherd God’s people as they pilgrim through this world. It is humbling to think that the Great Shepherd of the sheep has entrusted His people to my care, and the care of godly elders. I look forward to what the Lord will do in Newport, and I am praying that His name would be glorified in all that we do and that many would come to the Lord Jesus Christ as result of the ordinary means of grace God has given to the church. Please pray for us as we make this transition and please pray for God’s people at Fellowship.
Here are the items and resources of interest for June 27, 2017:
- The Importance of Being a Pastor’s Wife — a talk given by Michael Kruger at the most recent PCA General Assembly. I have not vetted the audio and only offer it here for information purposes.
- Some new titles at Westminster Bookstore:
- Memrise — I use this free service daily to keep up with my Greek and Hebrew vocabulary. There are many other uses as well.
- A story of one woman’s encounter with pornography.
- Ten ways to cultivate “gossip-resistance.” — an article that all leaders of the church should read. In my experience, some of the biggest gossips are teaching elders/pastors. It should not be that way.
- Kindle Deals for Christians — These resources made available by challies.com.
Here are the items and resources for May 9, 2017:
Here are the items and resources for May 5, 2017:
I know the ministry isn’t supposed to be easy. There are burdens and anxieties that are particular to pastors (see 2 Corinthians 11:28). Mary Winslow reminded her son, Octavius of this, when she wrote: “When you accepted the pastoral office you commenced a life of trial both from saint and sinner. Oh, do not be surprised at all you meet with.” A good shepherd will bear many of those trials in silence (1 Peter 2:19-23) and endeavor to let love cover a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8). But it’s a painful reality. Pastors are only men, and just because they’re public servants doesn’t mean they don’t have private anguish. It hurts when sheep are meticulous fault-finders in everything a pastor says and does. It wounds when sheep lay all the blame only on a pastor’s shoulders. It’s traumatic when sheep hold their pastor to their unbiblical and unrealistic expectations. It aches when sheep neglect the material needs of a pastor and his family. It’s painful when sheep hold things like time, money, and talents hostage unless the pastor does what they want. It’s miserable when sheep secretly round up the opposition failing to go privately to the pastor. It’s abusive when sheep have no regard for a pastor’s emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. Yes! Sheep can hurt, wound, abuse, and torture the shepherd.
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