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    Words from Sinclair Ferguson posted on the blog Tolle Lege. “Hebrews is all about persevering in sanctification. Without holiness, writes the author, ‘no one will see the Lord.’ We must therefore ‘strive’ for it (Hebrews 12:14). He uses vigorous language. … Continue reading

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    Justin Buzzard writes about that which truly brings healing for those whose lives are marked by loss: Give what you didn’t get. What didn’t you get? A safe childhood? A best friend? A loving father or mother? Opportunity? Justice? Words … Continue reading

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    More musing from fictional pastor Jonas McAnn, as written by Winn Collier: If the idea of providence means anything, then it must a least mean that our life consists of all manner of truths and experiences we would never imagine … Continue reading

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    Local churches don’t need more people to come along to save them. They have the task of sharing with others about the one who has already saved them. From Sarah Condon: The fact of the matter is that most of … Continue reading

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    Jared Wilson writes against the niceties that compel Christians (who should no better) to maintain appearances of being okay. If there’s one place on earth everyone should feel free not to be okay, it’s the church: I know the reasons … Continue reading

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    Don Carson recalls a difficult conversation with a senior Christian in Sydney Australia. Not difficult because of its content, but difficult because of the physical condition of the person to whom he was speaking. The content of the conversation was … Continue reading

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    I’m an accumulator. But I know it won’t make me satisfied. Neither would getter rid of all my stuff. From Wyatt Graham at Gospel Coalition Canada: [Accumulation or Minimalism as] options to happiness are modern. But there is an older … Continue reading

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    Most of the time questions about seeking God’s will for our lives revolve around questions about what we should do. Jen Wilkin suggests the more pressing question the Bible deals with has to do with God’s will for what we … Continue reading

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    Although not central to the book’s theme, this tangental observation about pastoral life rings true: …by design, ministry is menial work. It means being a servant, someone’s assistant, a helper. You are running errands. You lay down your life so … Continue reading

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    Kyle Borg poses a question based on reflection about Philemon verse 7: “For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you” (emphasis added). What am … Continue reading

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    In John 13 Jesus tells Peter “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward.” Jesus is speaking of his death on the cross and the resurrection life that will be shared as a result. … Continue reading

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    There is usually a lot of preparation taking place on Saturday nights for sermons being preached on Sunday. If you’re a Christian, even if you’re not going to preach, there’s sermon preparation that you can be doing as well. From … Continue reading

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    Michael Milton provides counsel about formation as a minister of the Gospel in the guise of advice to a graduate, just about to begin pastoral ministry. The observations he makes about preparation, pride, paradox and patience all ring true – … Continue reading

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    Sarah Condon, writing about fame and self-destruction offers a peculiar, yet not alien observation about the background of some of those who enter pastoral ministry. I have a mentor who often says about ordained people, “Something bad happened to you … Continue reading

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    Scott Hubbard writes a short article about how God prepares us to face major trials by taking his people through multiple smaller trials of more mundane significance. How we teach ourselves to react with the smaller will be how we … Continue reading

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    Maybe its because I’ve started cranking the treadmill at the gym up to a bit of a canter in the mornings, but this article by Stephen McAlpine caught my eye. A 51 year old pastor with a passion for running … Continue reading

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    Ed Stetzer writes a post about encouraging involvement in small group ministries: Through teaching biblically, promoting incessantly, and leading organizationally, we can encourage our brothers and sisters to get involved with small group ministries. +++ On promotion: Promote it incessantly … Continue reading

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    A meditation on faith by Ron Block. Faith isn’t something we drum up or fight for. We don’t pull up our faith-bootstraps and try to believe. Faith is more than intellectual assent to ideas about God; it is the outcome … Continue reading

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    All Christians are part of the household of God. All Christians were once welcomed to that household by God’s grace. All Christians have a role in welcoming visitors to that household as an expression of the grace we’ve received. From … Continue reading

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    We are citizens of heaven living on earth, not people from heaven seeking to become citizens here. That difference should show in our priorities and in our relationships. From D.A. Horton. Living as exiles means that fighting for political power … Continue reading

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