shepherding the shepherd

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‘An Impossible Miracle on Earth’

If there is one thing that seeps out of every interaction I have with good pastors it is that they love their people. Pastors brag and dote on their people. … Of course, few Christians know the price of loving one another quite like pastors do.

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Faith Flop

One Sunday a long time ago, in the middle of the third point of my sermon, I lost my nerve. On Friday and Saturday doubts about the usefulness of the message had muttered darkly in the back of my mind, but I’d pushed ahead, ever the good soldier. But Sunday at about 11:40 a.m. my faith fled the field!

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Run to Jesus

A pastor friend told me that on Sunday mornings during his 4:30 a.m. shower he tries to be sure his heart is right with the Lord while the water washes over him, a sort of baptism refresher. Sometimes it can be a long shower! Whereas others might live a while with a grudge, lust, or anger, pastors face the urgent pressure: Sunday’s comin’.

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Faith’s Secret Places

I doubt our people have any idea how much faith our calling requires. They might assume we never doubt or tire of serving God. But I don’t think they can imagine how often we fall back on faith because we don’t know what else to do.

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Checking the Gauges

The familiar part of leadership is where we gather information, talk to the stakeholders, check the calendar and the budget, and set the course. The other more important step is waiting quietly and patiently before the Lord, humbly searching our own heart for any self-sufficiency that would throw us off course.

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State Secret

The growth of God’s kingdom is a state secret. We were taught it in a parable code. It’s easy to assume that God’s kingdom, like any other kingdom, could be measured by population or geography, wealth or military might, the way the devil himself reckons his realm. But King Jesus told his disciples this secret.

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