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Spring Training

February 15, 2016

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I attended my first Workshop on Biblical Exposition by The Charles Simeon Trust at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Center City Philadelphia last week. I had known about the Trust’s work for some time now and I had wanted to attend a workshop but calendars, location and available funds never seemed to match up. This year […]

A True Cliché

April 18, 2015

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We all get circulars in the post. Pastors usually receive seasonal notices from para-church organizations of a recently released method(s) to congregational spiritual health or growth. When I read them two things strike me: first, the formulaic and methodological thinking in the“if you do this, then this…” or the “A”PLUS “B” will guarantee result “C” and […]

A Reflection on a Minister’s Prayer

May 21, 2014

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A favorite prayer of mine from the Valley of Vision is A Minister’s Prayer. It breaks down into 4 themes of petition that every godly gospel minister will know.         The first petition sets the trajectory of the entire prayer, moving the minister’s attention away from what is seen in worldly success, to […]

Awake with Christ in Glory

February 17, 2014

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One day it will be clear what God has done in us, and oh what a day that will be! Do you know 1 Corinthians 15.41-42a? You should read it. It says just as the glory of one star differs from another star, so the glory of one believer will differ from another believer – for […]

“Stoking” the boiler

May 5, 2013

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The Diocese of New Jersey elected its 12th Bishop on May 4th. Although the progress of the election and ballots fell out exactly as I had described it in our parish open forum, the Bishop elect was relatively unknown to me. So when I returned home and after a well-earned mug of tea, I had […]

Decline and…

April 12, 2013

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I read a blog by Brian Croft the other day who asked some questions concerning our assumptions on decline that got me thinking. Like him the more I hear the push “to overcome” the “plateau or decline” the more I pause and think of scenarios where a church’s decline in numbers is not necessarily a […]

Holy Week, Easter, Prayer and Preaching

March 28, 2013

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With sermons for tonight, tomorrow night and Easter Sunday done, my thoughts and prayer turn to those whom our heavenly Father draws to hear the gospel this year – those who only come to church on Christmas and Easter. Do you know what is true about folks who only come to church on Christmas and […]