shepherding the shepherd


Sunday Mornings: Let Us Pray

Many pastors delegate their praying to others like we do song-leading. I’m all for having others lead in prayer but our people must hear us pray publicly. It’s part of shepherding, part of leading our flock to green pastures, through deathly valleys, and on to the table God has prepared for us.

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Sunday Mornings: Unsung

I must admit, when I hear someone (especially a young person) say, “I just loved the worship at that church,” I’m pretty sure they don’t mean the Scripture reading, prayer, Communion, creed, or the offering. Perhaps you’ve noticed that for many today, worship is synonymous with music. And that’s it. One of our great privileges and responsibilities as pastors is showing God’s people these unsung treasures on Sunday mornings, a duty we cannot leave only to others.

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Sunday Mornings: Witnesses

Witnesses always gather around us on Sunday mornings, beginning with our distant relatives in the faith like Abel, Abraham and Sarah, Moses, Joshua, Rahab, and on through all the apostles with their Christian friends.

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Sunday Mornings: Wonder Full

We cannot generate feelings of wonder, especially amidst all the pastoral hubbub of Sunday mornings, but we can think about where it is we are standing, what extraordinary, holy things we say and see and touch.

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How Beautiful

Sometimes even good shepherds get distracted by ministry staircases and such and forget to see the beauty of Jesus right there in our own congregations. Part of good pastoring is helping our people see Jesus in the alcoves of our fellowship.

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