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The Testing of Pastoral Praise

Getting a compliment or two seems like the least of my worries as a pastor. If criticism is one of ministry’s pernicious pains, then it’s a relief to occasionally receive some recognition. Yet congregational esteem can rattle a weak pastor’s reliance on the strong Christ. The Problem of Esteem Congregational esteem can rattle a weak pastor’s reliance on the strong Christ … pride is ever-lurking. What is this threat of compliments? In my years of ministry, I have learned that pride is ever-lurking. Any acclaim for my efforts, abilities, or accomplishments, brings with it a real temptation to glory in...

What a Feast!—and What a Problem!

I am very grateful for the opportunity to review this book—and very confident that it will not disappoint anyone who has any interest or involvement in preaching. That is because it does what it was intended to do: I am very grateful for the opportunity to review this book … it does what it was intended to do. … to provide a resource to pastors and students that sets out the theological foundations of preaching, so that we might be more faithful practitioners. (p. xx) Some of the credit for this must go to the editors, who (I assume) selected...

Review: Something’s Not Right by Wade Mullen

Wade Mullen’s Something’s Not Right is just the right book at just the right time for a broader evangelical church reeling from numerous revelations of abusive behaviour by those who should be caring for and shepherding the flock. Wade Mullen’s Something’s Not Right is just the right book at just the right time Mullen, himself a pastor, writes mostly about Christian environments but doesn’t assume his readers need to be in such contexts—indeed one of the strengths of this book is that the principles that he shows us are quite obviously universal. Which is, perhaps, why it is all the more shocking...

Church Planter: Which Core Team-Member Do You Need to Know Best before You Plant?

The answer of course, is you. You need to know you the best before you even think about planting a church. If you don’t, you’re heading for a fall. Unless you know who YOU are, you could be headed for disaster. I was asked that question this very morning about what a planter needs to know about the core team, and my answer was simply that. Unless you know who YOU are before you go through the tough, beautiful, difficult, precious process of planting a church, then you could be headed for disaster. Yet, as activists and optimists, so many...

Responding to Family Violence – The Anglican Example

The Anglican Church of Australia commissioned research into the prevalence of Family Violence among those who identify as Anglican, along with related research on clergy awareness and victim experience of FDV.  The National Anglican Family Violence Research Report was published last week along with 10 commitments to prevent and respond to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). This research is a first among Australian Christian denominations. Sandy Grant is the Senior Minister of St Michael’s Cathedral Wollongong. He kindly agreed to Murray Campbell for this interview. TGCA. After reading the report, what were your initial thoughts and reaction? SG I grieve, because even one case...

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