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Background and Details (Series: On Christian Instruction)
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Sometimes we just try to give people too much. Augustine would say, paint out the background, so folks can get a clear picture of the “lay of the land” of your teaching. Then choose the more interesting and appealing details within that landscape, and dwell on them more deeply.  ... Read more...
 
Are We Having Fun Yet? (Series: On Christian Instruction)
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Think what you like about Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly. This much is undoubted: O’Reilly loves what he does for a living. His passion, enthusiasm, and joy in hosting “The Factor” are palpable, ... Read more...
 
Don’t Despair! (Series: On Christian Instruction)
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I frequently hear pastors expressing discouragement with their preaching and teaching. It just doesn’t seem to “pop” the way they think it should, and this is “confirmed” to them by the lack of enthusiastic response on the part of the people.n.
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Learn from the Best (Series: Qualifications and Duties of Pastors)
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There is always more to learn about the work of pastoral ministry, and no shortage of faithful ministers – present and past – from whom to learn.
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Something for Everyone (Series: Qualifications and Duties of Pastors)
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Churches are comprised of all kinds of people at all levels of spiritual growth and maturity. They have all kinds of problems, questions, difficulties, challenges, and failings.
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Watcher of Souls (Series: Qualifications and Duties of Pastors)
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It’s not considered good pastoral leadership these days to pay too much attention to sin. We need to be tolerant and patient, so we’re told, and to accept all who join with us just as they, just as Jesus did.
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Able to Explain Everything (Series: Qualifications and Duties of Pastors)
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It is indeed a great privilege to be called as ministers of the Word of God. A pastor needs to protect his time for studying the Scriptures, and not just for this week’s sermon.

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Patient and Gentle (Series: Qualifications and Duties of Pastors)
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A bishop was required to be skillful in the Word of God. He was expected to continue preaching and teaching, especially those who had the ministry of the Word entrusted to them for the local churches of their parishes.ical “settling-in.”

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Gravitas (Series: Qualifications and Duties of Pastors)
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That word, “management”, is telling, I think. Being a bishop was not a merely pro forma calling. They were expected to provide hands-on oversight and leadership for those pastors and churches in their charge.tical “settling-in.”

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Unblameable (Series: Qualifications and Duties of Pastors)
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While its provenance is uncertain, and perhaps even a bit questionable (Arianism?), the Apostolic Constitutions of the fourth century give us many useful insights to pastoral leadership during that era of heretical combat and ecclesiastical “settling-in.”

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