Praise-Seeking Pastors [or Shaggy Donkey Ears] (Luther)

I probably don't have to explain the celebrity pastor ethos that is a major problem in Christianity today. In fact, some pastors want to be famous and well-known. Social media has made this problem worse. Anyway, in the "Preface to the Wittenberg Edition of Luther's German Writings", Martin Luther had some cutting things to say… Continue reading Praise-Seeking Pastors [or Shaggy Donkey Ears] (Luther)

A Common Reformed Sin: Intellectual Pride

 Reformed theology is robustly biblical and it echoes the truths of Scripture so very well and clearly.  I'm not Reformed because it's cool or because I grew up that way.  I believe Reformed truths like God's sovereignty, total depravity, definite atonement, presbyterian ecclesiology, infant baptism, and the regulative principle of worship because they're rooted in… Continue reading A Common Reformed Sin: Intellectual Pride

On Pastoral Humility (Newton)

Since a pastor is often in the spotlight, so to speak, it sometimes happens that he gets a big head. The old Adam in him loves to be noticed, loves the attention, and enjoys the publicity. And sometimes the pastor begins to covet more social media followers, retweets, and sermon "shares." Along the way humility… Continue reading On Pastoral Humility (Newton)

He Knew He Didn’t Know Everything (Peterson)

 So far I'm very much enjoying Eugene Peterson's memoir, The Pastor.   While I don't always agree with Peterson's views, I do appreciate and benefit from his writing.  His memoir, The Pastor, is full of stories, wisdom, insight, missteps, and humor found in Peterson's Christian life story as told by himself. Here's one great story about Peterson's Ph.D.… Continue reading He Knew He Didn’t Know Everything (Peterson)

Christ’s Spirit, the OT Prophets, and Sobriety in Learning (Calvin)

Of the various aspects of John Calvin's writings that I appreciate, I always love to hear him talk about modesty and humility when it comes to the study and interpretation of God's Word.  More than a few times he mentions how we should never go further than God's Word because that's dangerous territory.  Here's a… Continue reading Christ’s Spirit, the OT Prophets, and Sobriety in Learning (Calvin)