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Summer of 2015 marked 10 years since some nice folks at a church in San Antonio, Texas called on the phone, and to my surprise, offered me the opportunity to serve in my first full time ministerial position. Here are some random simple things I’ve learned, in no particular order. 1. Good teaching notes. In…

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On the House Remodel & the Pastoral Ministry

My wife and I bought a house about a year ago. We embarked on this adventure with a lot of plans to refurbish and remodel. It’s been fun. And hard. And expensive. Because of our budget, we’ve done nearly 100% of the work ourselves. We did pay someone to do something with our gas lines,…

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St. Gregory the Great and the Pastor-Theologian | “The care of souls is the art of arts”

I was scanning the patristics section in my college library when I found this: Gregory the Great (540–604) was one of the most influential popes in the history of the church. One of his legacies is The Book of Pastoral Rule (henceforth, “PR” [1]). Pastoring is an ancient craft, one Gregory calls (borrowing from Gregory…

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The Radical Movement needs a Complementary Pastoral Movement

Radical Christianity, Western/Suburban-Style Christianity Today has published an important essay by Matthew Lee Anderson on a movement of sorts now underway in American evangelicalism. Church leaders like David Platt, Kyle Idleman, Francis Chan, Shane Claiborne, and Stephen Furtick are calling for a radical commitment to the commands of Christ in their writing and preaching. Their…

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The Poet William Wordsworth on the Pastor-Theologian

I visited Rydal Mount a few weeks ago, the home of poet William Wordsworth.  My father-in-law was visiting us here in England, so we spent a couple of days in “the Lakes” (besides my father-in-law, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were apparently also sighted in the Lake District that week). Rydal Mount sits just on…

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On NOT being a Minister

It is Sunday morning, and I have no sermon to preach and no Bible Study to prepare.  I will attend church, but I will not be expected to serve Communion or set up mid-week pastoral appointments.  I have no mailbox to check in the church office.  I have nothing to print out, no copies to…

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Interview with Jason Byassee (pt. 2): The Rift between Church and Academy

This is the 2nd part of our interview with Jason Byassee (for part 1, scroll down or click here).  We have written quite a bit on the idea of the pastor-scholar / pastor-theologian here at HR (see previous posts for some links).  Jason’s pastoral and writing ministry seems to hug the edges of the (sometimes…

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Responding to Gerald Heistand on the “Ecclesial Theologian”

I have been writing on the vocational idea of the “pastor-theologian.”  The recent series of posts was inspired by Doug Sweeney’s article at the Gospel Coalition, whose “call and agenda” should be received with both excitement and urgency. Related to these thoughts, I recommend this post by Mark Stevens who is studying Eugene Peterson’s model…

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Doctrine Adorned (not necessarily Published): How the Pastor-Theologian Articulates Theology

[This is the third post in an ongoing discussion on the Pastor-Theologian in response to Douglas Sweeney’s article, “A Call and Agenda for Pastor-Theologians.“] My friend Gerald Hiestand has made available an excellent paper  on the pastor-theologian.  I know of no one more devoted to articulating this vocational vision for my generation.  If you are…

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An Encounter that Redefined my Concept of “Pastor”

I had just moved to Birmingham, Alabama to serve as a college pastor.  Suburbia tends to insulate us from the deep, historical pains of a city, so I asked Tracy Hipps to give me on orientation.  The social terrain between Birmingham’s white and black and rich and poor is more vast than in any city…

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