Evangelicalism walks a very fine line between maintaining unity and contending for the faith. It is a joyous and treacherous position to be in. Stray too far to the one side and you fall off the cliff of heresy. Stray too far in the other direction and we find ourselves mixed up in the Colossian… Continue reading Matters of First Importance (Part 1)
Distracted from the Real Warning? Hebrews 5 and 6 has to be among the most controversial passages in the Bible. The controversy is mainly between Calvinists like me who argue that you cannot lose your salvation and...well, everybody else. However, as is sadly the case with any Bible passage that has become caught up in… Continue reading The Danger of Being a Theological Sluggard.
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?
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?