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?
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
A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task… Continue reading STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR?
I was asked this question after giving a talk at a youth group and, I have to admit, it completely stumped me. I wanted to launch into rhetoric about how wonderful and exciting the Christian life is. I wanted to... but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. The Christian life is wonderful. The… Continue reading What is it like to be a Christian?
How do you know that you are really a Christian? The trouble with Christians is that they tend to look at themselves too much. The trouble with looking at yourself too much is that you will eventually freak out. Why? The longer you look at yourself, and I mean truly look at yourself, you will be… Continue reading Assurance, Justification & Sanctification
Why do Christians struggle with assurance of their salvation? In the last post I explored the Bible’s teaching about salvation generally. In this post I want us to go a little further and think about how that salvation works. At the heart of the Gospel, at the heart of salvation, is the doctrine of justification. What… Continue reading Assurance & Justification
Saved by “Faith”? Faith is a fairly important concept in the Bible. True faith is amongst the highest of virtues and false faith among the most dangerous of pitfalls. It seems prudent, therefore, to make sure that we understand what “faith” means. How can we discern the difference between true faith and false faith? It… Continue reading Assurance & Faith