Pastors, Preaching, and the Academy’s Process of Peer-Review

“Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.” (James 3:1) After almost a decade of pastoral ministry, I am now firmly ensconced within the academic world, getting my feet wet in a New Testament doctoral program.  Being situated quite deeply within…

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“Pastor-Theologian”: The Tension in the Hyphen

Starting a blog feels so pretentious.  Even more pretentious is making self-identifying claims in the choosing of a title line for your blog.  “Cynic-Saint” is easy enough to claim, but as I write in the About the Blog section, I can only adopt “Pastor-Theologian” tentatively.  As the vocational identification to which I most aspire, I…

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New Website for UCF

University Christian Fellowship, the college ministry of Mountain Brook Community Church, has a new website.  Simple, navigable, and with potential for some expansion.  My favorite part is the “resources” section where I can post handouts (a personal favorite of mine) and direct students to helpful sites on the web.

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No one to impress, only One to please

Since my last post I’ve moved from one state to another to take a new ministry post.  My predecessor is one of my best friends, and he is uniquely and exceptionally gifted as a pastor and a teacher.  The ministry is called University Christian Fellowship (in Birmingham, AL), and my friend founded it almost a decade ago. …

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Leaving a small rural church for a large suburban church

            I pastor a small Baptist church outside of Durham, NC.  A weathered sign at the corner of US HWY 70 and Old NC 10 points passersby our way.  It simply reads in faded Old English font: Mount Hermon Baptist Church Est., 1848               When I came to Mount Hermon in September of 2006,…

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