Category Archives: pastoring

Do you want to preach / teach better?

I believe that for us as preachers and teachers to become truly fruitful and effective in our preaching; we have to become great story tellers. By story telling, I mean that we become living agents of God’s love. For its only when we … Continue reading

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A prayer from Luke 6

Lord incline my heart so that I May love my enemies Do good to those who hate me Pray for those who mistreat me To turn the other cheek for those who slap me To not resist those who take … Continue reading

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I desire mercy–not sacrifice.

  Matthew 9-913   9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. 10 While Jesus was having dinner … Continue reading

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The Elephant in the church : Divorce.

One of the most painful and humiliating experiences that someone can go through would have to be divorce. (note I did say – one of) Michael Jensen and Dave Black have both recently blogged about the issue of divorce. Dave … Continue reading

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I’m a medical sticky beak….

Yesterday I picked up my MRI scans from the Radiologist after college. I had had a full spinal and brain scan done over two days a few weeks ago. They are a part of a routine check up of my … Continue reading

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Philosophy of ministry.

T.C.R posted an article on his being asked a question at a training day regarding the size of his church. It’s led to an interesting discussion that is worthwhile reading. I commented at the time Ministry is always to the … Continue reading

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If you’re only interested in marrying for sex – go to a brothel…

I sometimes hear people who are talking about getting married, that the main reason they want to get married is to have sex… (I am talking about marriage within a Christian context) They look at me with shock horror – … Continue reading

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Is the vocation of Pastor in tatters?

Mark Stevens is a Church of Christ pastor in South Australia and team member of the New Emmaus Blog. He has just received and is reading Eugene Peterson’s memoirs and posts the following excerpt. North American culture does not offer … Continue reading

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The power of imitating heavenly realities…

Real listening is an imitation of the heavenly reality of the God who listens. Therefore every time we slow down to hear what is going on around us; we find ourselves standing on holy ground. Scripture say’s to be slow … Continue reading

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The Pastor must be an Observer

I came across two great quotes this morning. God wants us to be present where we are. He invites us to see and to hear what is around us and, through it all, to discern the foot prints of the … Continue reading

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