Category Archives: Pastoral ministry

William Struthers on the importance having a mentor and the problem of peer-to-peer accountability

The presence of an ongoing mentoring relationship with an older, wiser and more mature man has a significant impact on psychological well-being. A mentor is someone deliberately chosen whom you see as modeling a life that is on the path … Continue reading

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Robert Roberts on the common effectiveness of different psychotherapies despite the approach or expertise of the therapist

So therapies are therapeutically effective; this result of the studies spurs us on to integrate their therapeutic power into the work of Christian ministry. But two other cumulative results of the scientific literature on psychotherapy outcomes raise serious questions about … Continue reading

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C.H. Spurgeon: “Brother, your failure, if you fail, will begin in your faith.”

We have only waded ankle-deep in faith as yet. We thought the water very cold and chill when we timorously ventured in; but having tried it up to the ankles, we have found it good and pleasant. Let us advance … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis on the simple missions of the (seemingly complex) Church and State

It is easy to think that the Church has a lot of different objects–education, building, missions, holding services. Just as it is easy to think the State has a lot of different objects–military, political, economic, and what not. But in … Continue reading

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John Broadus on the relationship between preaching and counseling in the ministry of the pastor

Pastoral work is of immense importance, and all preachers should be diligent in performing it. But it cannot take the place of preaching, nor fully compensate for lack of power in the pulpit. The two help each other, and neither … Continue reading

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Bob Kellemen on being culturally influenced vs. culturally informed

Here Kellemen is discussing the need to know those we speak the word of God to. He uses Paul’s interaction with the Stoics and Epicureans in Acts 17: After Paul opens his heart and his eyes [to the people in … Continue reading

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Cleophus Larue: “It is what is preached that determines what is important.”

The black church with its unquenchable thirst for the preached word has never forgotten what others are apparently struggling, even now, to remember: the church lives in her preaching–always has and always will. It is the church’s preaching that defines … Continue reading

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