The Relationship Between Corporate Worship and Pastoral Care

My colleague at the church I serve has always described pastoral counseling as an extension of pulpit ministry. I think that is a very helpful and important description. But in reading through William H. Willimon's Worship as Pastoral Care (Abingdon Press, 1979), I've seen that the language can be broadened further. While taking care to not lose… Continue reading The Relationship Between Corporate Worship and Pastoral Care

Gravitating Toward What We Like Best as Pastors

I am planing to audit a class in January with Alfred Poirier and in preparation have been rereading his book, The Peacemaking Pastor: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Church Conflict. I wanted to share a couple quotes that I thought were very insightful: The Bible is all about conflict and Christ the great Peacemaker. Yet… Continue reading Gravitating Toward What We Like Best as Pastors

Thomas Murphy on Brotherly Kindness in Ecclesiastical Assemblies

In honor of the work being done at our federation's Synod this week , I thought I'd post a little blurb by Thomas Murphy.  Though Murphy has this worded exhortationally, perhaps we can utilize it as a reminder of how we can pray for our brothers who are delegates in London right now: It is,… Continue reading Thomas Murphy on Brotherly Kindness in Ecclesiastical Assemblies

Thomas Murphy on using Greek and Hebrew in the Pulpit with Care

In seminary, we would frequently debate and discuss whether and how we should "show our language work" in our sermons.  After all, so often in our exegesis, we find that the pew-Bibles (whatever translation they be) do not emphasize something or translate a text as well as the original.  When this happens, how do we… Continue reading Thomas Murphy on using Greek and Hebrew in the Pulpit with Care

Thomas Murphy on The Minister’s Love for Christ

Thomas Murphy speaks about the only motive that will enable a minister to faithfully and steadily serve in his office through thick and thin: All other motives than the constraining love of Christ in the heart soon lose their influence.  There are no doubt other incentives, such as ambition, love of learning and desire for… Continue reading Thomas Murphy on The Minister’s Love for Christ