There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a… Continue reading Is time a cruel mistress?
How Does Pastoral Care Happen? The bottom line principal of biblical pastoral care is that it is the ministry of every member of the church, rather than of only a select few within the church. Every Christian is to love one another. Until every member sees this as their responsibility the church will not be… Continue reading Are we confused about pastoral care? Part 4
We Still Need to Love One Another Just because the activities we have traditionally associated with pastoral care are not in keeping with the biblical language, does render them unimportant activities. All that it means is that we’ve started to call it by a different name. In fact, what people often mean when they use… Continue reading Are we confused about pastoral care? Part 3
I heartily recommend taking the time to read this article. It teaches us so many great things, particularly on why we need our local churches. Seriously...read it now. Source: A Pastor, His Dying Wife, and Their Church—A Group Text
A Brief Biblical Theology of Pastoral Care Although “pastoral care” is not a phrase that is found in the Bible, the concept behind it surely is. The term “pastoral” comes from the Latin for “shepherd”. In other words, pastoral care is the care given by shepherds to their flock or pastors (elders) to their churches.… Continue reading Are we confused about pastoral care? Part 2
The Importance of Pastoral Care Love One Another If we take pastoral care under the general umbrella of loving one another then at least three reasons emerge as to why pastoral care is vital for the life of the church. Apart from worship (loving God), our highest moral responsibility as God’s people is to love… Continue reading Are we confused about pastoral care?
https://www.youtube.com/embed/0tjKNsDzczc Fifty years ago today an event happened that changed our view of the world forever. Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders were blasted into space on the Apollo 8 mission and became the first human beings to see the dark side of the moon and the first to witness “Earthrise.”That famous photo of the…… Continue reading On Earth As In Heaven — Think Theology
Ecclesiastes 2: 4-11 I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards. I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees. I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were born in my house. I… Continue reading Happiness and Task Completion
I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my labour, and this was the reward for all my toil. 11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind;… Continue reading Is there any point to pleasure?
I said to myself, ‘Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.’ But that also proved to be meaningless. ‘Laughter,’ I said, ‘is madness. And what does pleasure accomplish?’ I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly – my mind still guiding me with wisdom. I wanted to see what was… Continue reading Temporary and Lasting Pleasure