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Oct
22

Book Review: For the Sake of Heaven and Earth: The New Encounter between Judaism and Christianity

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For the Sake of Heaven and Earth: The New Encounter between Judaism and Christianity. By Irving Greenberg Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society, 2014. 274 pp. $18.00     A conversation with an Orthodox Jewish friend led me to purchase and read Irving Greenberg’s collection of essays on the relationship between Judaism and Christianity. She said…
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Oct
20

4 Reasons to Speak the Gospel to One Another

Two people talking.

The reformer Martin Luther – a preacher of the gospel and no stranger to a fight – once said that knowing the gospel and teaching the gospel is so necessary for discipleship that we must beat it continually into our heads[1] (he had a fierce way with his metaphors). Luther knew this gospel-beating was needed…
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Jun
30

Redeemed for Life

Man's hand sorting through manuscripts.

In my previous two blog posts on the sacred/secular divide, I’ve been using the terms sacred and secular but have not stopped to define what I mean by them. According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, sacred means a: dedicated or set apart for the service or worship of a deity and b: devoted exclusively to one…
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Jun
06

Living With A Dying Parent

Elderly couple

In preparing for ministry, one of our ordered tasks is to care for the aged and the dying. Over the thirty years I have pastored, I have shared in this journey with many families. It has its emotional costs, but as I have recently learned, the costs when it involves your own parents can be…
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Apr
15

The Most Frightening Part of Ministry

Hand reaching out

By Andy Flowers Counseling people. No doubt about it. No other aspect of pastoral ministry is as horrifying as counseling. Preaching is frightening at first, but it’s something that we get comfortable with quickly. We spend the bulk of our week on sermon prep. There are a million great books and conferences about forming and…
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