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

The Pastor’s Need to stay “Up to Speed”

I'm a poet and I don't know it! Lately, I've been trying to balance my reading, especially by spending more time reading books on the ministry.  Since the majority of my reading is done in a very small corner of academia, I find that it is easy for me to get lazy at staying informed… Continue reading The Pastor’s Need to stay “Up to Speed”