Two voices on pastoral ministry

I came across two unrelated comments today on the pastoral ministry. The first comment was from Booker T. Washington in his autobiography Up From Slavery. Washington was born into slavery in the United State of America and went on to found Tuskegee University after emancipation in 1863. In his comments

By |2021-11-24T21:14:45+10:004 September, 2012|

Hollywood in the Pulpit

How do you determine the quality of a sermon or devotional thought? I know some Christians who assess the preaching content based upon the level of humour used; others measure its success by the inclusion of illustrations and anecdotes. Some pre-judge the message based upon the preacher's personality; others gauge

By |2022-04-05T16:39:05+10:009 August, 2012|

Christ-Centred Preaching in a Self-Centred Culture

‘For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord’ (2 Cor. 4:5 ) After a full life of ministry, the fifty year old Charles Spurgeon writes, ‘Souls by hundreds come to faith in Jesus under a ministry which sets Him forth clearly and constantly. Few remain unbelieving under a

By |2022-04-05T16:44:05+10:0016 November, 2011|

Doubt: A Self Examination

This quote from Tim Keller’s The Reason for God has really challenged my thinking over the past two weeks: "A faith without some doubts is like a human body without any antibodies in it. People who blithely go through life too busy or indifferent to ask hard questions about why

By |2022-04-05T18:00:07+10:0010 July, 2011|

Bible Truths for the Right-Brained

Ever heard the joke “Left-handed people are the only people in their right minds”? Roger Sperry, who won a Nobel prize in 1981 for his work with split-brain research, is responsible for much of our understanding of how the two halves of the brain control different functions. In summarising some

By |2022-04-05T16:54:56+10:005 May, 2011|

Pastors and blogging (An interview with Al Garlando)

Following on from last week's interview with Bob Bixby, I've interviewed Al Garlando, an Australian blogging pastor. Jason Harris interviews Albert Garlando for InFocus JH: I know you're a busy man, so I appreciate you taking the time to share with us. First, just let us know a little about

By |2021-11-26T13:16:41+10:0029 March, 2011|

Should pastors blog? (An interview with Bob Bixby)

Part of the purpose of InFocus is to develop the Australian blogosphere. We do this by providing an Australian section in our blogroll, by linking generously to Australian blogs, and by encouraging Australian readers, thinkers, and theologians to blog. I want to further support this purpose by focusing today on

By |2021-11-26T13:30:22+10:0022 March, 2011|

Pink in Sydney

A.W. Pink is probably best known for writing The Sovereignty of God.  Written in 1918, it was a controversial but strong argument for God's supremacy.  Virtually unknown in his lifetime, he speaks through his writings today.  Biographer Iain Murray claims he was "one of the most influential evangelical authors in

By |2022-04-05T19:01:34+10:002 March, 2011|

A Cure for Mental Enslavement

I’ve been going to church since I was eight years old.  Almost every church I have attended has been a self-proclaimed Bible-centred church.  But what I have observed in churches is a lot of Bible preaching, a lot of Bible studies, Bible stories and Bible songs, but very little actual

By |2022-04-05T16:55:12+10:0024 February, 2011|

Sexual Detox

I recently read Tim Challies' little book Sexual Detox, which is a great help for Christian men in our pornified culture. The book includes a sobering description of the nature and effects of pornography and masturbation, an overview of God's plan for sex and sexuality, and practical advice for detox

By |2022-04-05T19:04:22+10:0024 November, 2010|
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