From a Pastor to His New Congregation (Kuyper)

When Abraham Kuyper arrived in Amsterdam in August, 1870, he gave an inaugural sermon to the Reformed congregation that he had been called to shepherd. This sermon is called "Rooted and Grounded" and it is found in the volume On the Church by Abraham Kuyper. In this sermon Kuyper talked about how the church is… Continue reading From a Pastor to His New Congregation (Kuyper)

Troublers in the Church (Bridges)

 It's not a new occurrence when someone purposely tries to disrupt the unity and peace of a local Christian church. Paul had to deal with the Judaizers (cf. Gal; Phil. 3:2, etc.).  John had to warn the church of antichrists and false prophets (1 John). The list goes on.  Thankfully I'm not dealing with any… Continue reading Troublers in the Church (Bridges)

The Seven Adverbs of Pastoral Duty (DPW)

 (This is a re-post from June 2012) Aside from writing the magnificent confession and catechisms, the Westminster divines also wrote a directory for public worship (DPW) which was approved in 1645.  One section of this directory that has always stuck out for me is where it explains the duties of the pastor in simple, clear,… Continue reading The Seven Adverbs of Pastoral Duty (DPW)

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)

The “Blessed Anonymity” of Pastoral Work (Peterson)

 One time when someone asked Eugene Peterson what he liked best about being a pastor, he said, "baptisms and funerals."  The person was confused, but as they discussed it, Peterson told him that he liked baptisms and funerals because at these events, he was not in the spotlight.  And that, he explained, is the way… Continue reading The “Blessed Anonymity” of Pastoral Work (Peterson)