Westminster Seminary California
 
 

Valiant for Truth - Pastoral Ministry

A Pastor’s Reflections: License to Learn
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I can remember excitedly e-mailing one of my professors. I enthusiastically typed, “I’ve passed my dissertation defense! I’ll be graduating with my doctorate!” It had been a challenging road, one filled with hard work, a few tears, and blood (if you count paper cuts).

 
 
 
A Pastor’s Reflections: Christ and the Third Use of the Law
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Lutheran and Reformed theologians developed the teaching that there are three uses of the law: the civil – that which regulates society and government and is common to all people; the pedagogical – that function of the law that shows us our sin and our need for Christ; and the normative – that which shows us the rules and norms for the Christian life, what conduct is good and acceptable to God.

 
 
 
A Pastor’s Reflections: Finances
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One of the things that surfaced in my pastorate was the need to sit down and offer financial counsel to members of my congregation. In a church of any size, chances are you’ll have people who struggle, for one reason or another, with making ends meet.

 
 
 
A Pastor’s Reflections: Freud or Paul?
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In the twentieth and twenty-first century, Christian counseling has taken off like wildfire. Seminaries that once saw preparing men to be pastors as their bread and butter now offer counseling degrees.

 
 
 
A Pastor’s Reflections: You Talk Too Much About Jesus
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I once had a colleague tell me that a wealthy businessman and member of his congregation privately approached him and said, “I am prepared to donate a lot of money to the church, but I have this one condition.