The World Needs Pastors

David Brooks just wrote an eloquent New York Times column entitled “The Art of Presence” on helping friends through suffering. Referencing a Christian family named the Woodiwisses who have experienced multiple tragedies, Brooks says the following is what such sufferers need in tough times: I’d say that what these experiences call for is a sort of [Read More...]

Doing Ministry with a Shelby Cobra Mustang Engine (Like Piper & Carson)

I just did an interview with Christ the Center, a podcast produced by the Reformed Forum, which is associated with Westminster Theological Seminary.  This is a high-powered theological podcast that has hosted such important discussions as the recent debate among Presbyterian theologians over justification and union with Christ (with Michael Horton and Lane Tipton) and [Read More...]

Brian Croft on the External Call to Ministry

A while back, I blogged about a book on visiting the sick by a faithful Louisville pastor I know named Brian Croft.  It’s a delight to share with you that Brian has written another practical ministry book on the external call to ministry.  It’s entitled Test, Train, Affirm & Send into Ministry (DayOne, 2010).  It [Read More...]

Tim Keller: Godly Character Creates Good Leadership and Rich Sermons

Following a link from Trevin Wax, I found a very recent blog from Tim Keller that included this helpful comment from the NYC pastor on sermon preparation. By the way, does anyone else out there wish Keller would write much more than he does?  His stuff is always so rich but short. Here’s the quotation, [Read More...]

Live-Blog: Mark Dever at the Gospel Growth Conference

I’m here at the People Growth conference, cosponsored by the Henry Center, where Mark Dever is currently speaking on “The Four P’s of Ministry.”  However, I think that he may have retitled, or subtitled, the message, “The Person and Work of the Shepherd” from 1 Peter 5. Not sure about that. Without further ado, here [Read More...]

Wise Words from Mark Driscoll on “Loads” and “Burdens”

I found this somewhere on the web and thought it was well worth pondering together (does anyone forget where they found content? ).  In the quotations below, pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church (Seattle, Washington) defines what he sees as the difference between a “load” and a “burden” that we carry in our personal [Read More...]

Phil Ryken on the Pastor-Theologian

Phil Ryken just published a piece from Ligonier’s Tabletalk at Ref21 that covers how John Calvin was a pastor-scholar.  It’s a solid article worth reading. Ryken distills Calvin’s goal in preaching: “Calvin’s goal in all his preaching and writing was to teach the Word of God faithfully so that the Holy Spirit could use his [Read More...]

What Prominent City Churches Require

William Henry Harrison Murray, writing over 125 years ago from the pulpit of Park Street Church in Boston: “The administration of a prominent city church demands that the pastor possess the rare powers of tact, judgment, general ability; the qualities that make a preacher, plus those that make a statesman–the ability to both anticipate and [Read More...]

Sweeney’s “Jonathan Edwards”: Must-Buy

The Director of the Henry Center, Doug Sweeney, a friend and mentor, has authored an important text entitled Jonathan Edwards and the Ministry of the Word (InterVarsity, July 2009). The book covers the life and Word-centered ministry of the colonial pastor-theologian, a subject area in which Sweeney has already produced numerous important works, including Volume [Read More...]

The Hard Work of New England Ministry: A Report from a Recent Conference

Some will recall that I blogged about a pastors’ conference with pastor-theologian Steven Lawson in New England in early April 2009.  Here’s a report from the organizer, Dave Ricard, the man who runs the New England Center for Expository Preaching, an internship program that brings interns to preach in a variety of New England churches [Read More...]


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