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 for April 19, 2017:
- Deceit in Church Courts — a useful article for any that serve as an officer in the church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- What is Worship? — This article sets forth some foundational issues regarding corporate worship.
- Patrick Gillespie on the Covenant of Works (1) — Part one of a seven part series authored by my friend and Professor at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Ryan McGraw.
- Preaching and the Danger of Compromise — This sermon was recommended by a friend. I have not listened to it, but plan to shortly. Preached by Kenneth MacRae.
- Knowing God and Ourselves — I ordered this book and should be receiving it today. After I read it, I will write a brief review. Author: David Calhoun and published by the Banner of Truth.
- The Church’s Responsibility to Its Pastor — Interesting article and there is much I agree with, especially as one who is a minister of the gospel. For instance, point #1 under the sub-heading “Honor and Respect.” He writes,
“Being on a first name basis. Today, everyone is on a first-name basis with the pastor. This is a definite show of disrespect for the ministry. Part of the problem is with pastors. We don’t expect it. I used to feel the same. I wanted to be everyone’s friend. I found out the hard way this causes many difficulties. When people really need help they need their pastor, not a friend. It also makes it difficult when you must assert pastoral authority. People can usually deal with things coming from their pastor, but it’s much harder coming from a friend. I don’t have any problem using “Pastor…” with their first name. That’s a step in the right direction.”
There are things where I think the author goes too far. For example,
“Disrespecting the altar area. The platform and altar is an area where sanctity must be preserved. It’s a place where worship is led and the Word of God expounded. It should be off limits to anyone who is not there to minister. Children should never be allowed to play on the platform. It’s not only disrespectful, but the equipment could be damaged or dangerous to the children.”
I am not willing to sanctify a platform. We should give that area of the building the same respect we would give to any other area. Overall it is a good article and worth considering carefully.
- My wife suggested I watch this program. So I started, and now I can’t stop. Season 1 and 2 is on Netflix.