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A Pastor’s Reflections: The Face in the Mirror

As a pastor I regularly listened to people give all sorts of reasons and excuses for their sinful conduct. As a parent, I have listened to my children blame everyone else for their sin. In one sense, this is nothing new. Blame shifting first appeared in the Garden of Eden…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Functional Unitarianism

Regardless of your denominational affiliation, one doctrine that unites all Christians against other religions is the doctrine of the trinity. Whether Protestant or Roman Catholic, all so-called Christians affirm the doctrine that we worship one God who subsists in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Westminster Confession of…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Reversing the Effects

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The Internet has brought a technological revolution to many different aspects of life. In the pre-internet days if you were watching a TV show and recognized an actor but could not remember what other shows she appeared in, you were simply left in your ignorance. Now, you can whip out…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Date Night

As I watch my children grow up right before my eyes, I have been struck by how quickly time races by. My eldest son is about to turn nine years old! It seems like just yesterday that I was trying to bounce him with my foot in his bouncy-seat as…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Confessional or Fundamentalist?

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These days it seems like Christians are in search of conservatism in whatever forms they can find it, and with good reason. It seems like the cultural, political, and theological wheels on the bus are falling off. As a pastor I found a number of people looking for shelter and…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Act Your Role

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I am and probably will be a child at heart as long as I live. Perhaps it’s in my DNA or I can blame my dad for influencing my personality—but I don’t always feel my age. In fact, I was just recently showing one of my colleagues my latest Star…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Virtual Ethics

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Abraham Kuyper once said that every single square inch of the creation lies under the sovereignty of Jesus Christ. I think most Christians would affirm this idea but more and more, in seems, people in reality are starting to carve out small places where Christ does not reign. It may…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Lumberjacks or Surgeons?

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To what might we liken the ministry of a pastor? All too often I think pastors see themselves as lumberjacks. They go into a church and look at the problems as trees that need to be chopped down. They fire up their massive chain saw and start cutting into the…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Smile

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One of the things my wife constantly tells me is, “Don’t forget to smile!” It’s a simple thing, really, but something that I fail to do. You see, ever since I was born I have a tendency to walk around with a scowl on my face—in fact, my forehead has…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Out of the Bubble

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I can remember being at a dinner party and overhearing two godly Christians talk about their lives, and in the course of their conversation they started talking about non-Christians. One of them commented to the nodding approval of the other, “I don’t have any non-Christian acquaintances or friends. In fact,…
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