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Rural Churches: Shaping & Molding Lives

Village Missionary wife Jani Carney shares how God used rural churches in her life, and how, years later, that impact continues.

Called to Be a Shepherd

Dr. Al Mohler has written an excellent blog titled “Has God Called You?  Discerning the Call to Preach.”  I commend it to anyone who might be wondering whether God is calling you to be a pastor.  I would place more emphasis on the shepherding aspect of pastoral ministry (see my previous blog post), but overall […]

CEO, Professional, Preacher, or Shepherd?

 In some ways, the transliteration of the word “pastor” from the Latin has been unfortunate.  It gives freedom to some to define the role of “pastor” as something other than a “shepherd”-the meaning of the Greek term translated in English as “pastor.” For some, then, the modern role of the pastor must be “C.E.O.”  He […]

The Priority and Pitfalls of Preaching

I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 2 Tim 4:1-3 NASU   Preaching is […]

Creating Opposition in the Church Part 2

1 Peter 2:19-21 (NASB): 19 For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a man bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly.  20 For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience?  But if when you do what is right and suffer […]

Is It the End?

I have never been preoccupied with Biblical prophecy, as some Christians have been. I don’t look for sinister combinations of European countries nor do I assess each famous political person as to whether he might be the anti-Christ. I do not recall ever preaching a series on prophecy or the end times since I usually […]

The Preacher and the Hurricane

I am writing this article two days before the anniversary of 911 and while the United States is experiencing the cataclysmic devastation of Hurricane Katrina.  I believe that God calls His shepherds to represent Him clearly, courageously, and wisely in such times. Many will misrepresent Him.  They will say that such a hurricane proves that God does […]

Two Choices in Any Ministry

The theme verse of our staff conferences this summer was 2 Corinthians 1:12 . This verse reads in the NASB , “For our proud confidence is this: the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and godly sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, […]

A Shepherd is Not a Wimp

A real shepherd Rural pastors today face an identity crisis. Feeling that God has called them to be shepherds, almost everything they read and hear tells them the concept of pastor as shepherd is old-fashioned at best and harmful at worst. What’s a shepherd to do when his calling is called into question?For example, I […]
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