9 Quotes from ‘The Pastor-Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision’ by Hiestand and Wilson

I completed Gerald Hiestand and Todd Wilson excellent (and encouraging) volume The Pastor Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision about six months ago. If you are a pastor, I strongly recommend that you acquire and read this book. Below are my favorite quotes. Pastors are the Theologians of the Church: Despite assumptions to the contrary, the pastoral … Continue reading 9 Quotes from ‘The Pastor-Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision’ by Hiestand and Wilson

Brothers, Be Patient: A Few Thoughts on Pastors and the Writing of Books

I'm thirty-eight. I'm a pastor. I love to write. But in terms of full-length books, I've only written a dissertation (which remains unpublished), a little book entitled How to Pray for Your Pastor, and a recent book, Strong and Courageous: The Character and Calling of Mature Manhood. I've got some other projects in mind, and I hope to … Continue reading Brothers, Be Patient: A Few Thoughts on Pastors and the Writing of Books

Self-Promotion, Pastoral Ministry, and Our Spiritual Condition

Last week I wrote an article on the issue of self-promotion. Today I want to apply a few reflections from last week's article specifically to pastoral ministry. Postcards and Self-Promotion Before I went to seminary I served for nearly five years as a youth pastor. I was fresh out of college with a Bible degree and a desire … Continue reading Self-Promotion, Pastoral Ministry, and Our Spiritual Condition

Using Criticism for Our Benefit: A Word from Charles Spurgeon

Toward the end of the first volume of his autobiography, Charles Spurgeon relays a somewhat amusing yet instructive anecdote of a time when he would regularly receive comments on his sermons from an anonymous critic. While preaching at the Exeter Music Hall,  the "unknown censor" would send Spurgeon "a weekly list of [his] mispronunciations and other slips of speech" (533). Amazingly, Spurgeon's … Continue reading Using Criticism for Our Benefit: A Word from Charles Spurgeon

Two Lessons Learned from John Piper's 'Brothers, We are Not Professionals'

John Piper’s Brothers, We Are Not Professionals is simultaneously a challenging and encouraging read. Pastoral ministry is serious work. It is not to be taken casually or viewed as a less strenuous alternative to a other professions. It is a glorious, demanding, painful, thrilling, satisfying endeavor with eternal ramifications. Pastors are charged with the accurate handling of God’s … Continue reading Two Lessons Learned from John Piper's 'Brothers, We are Not Professionals'