Public Worship to Be Preferred Before Private?

Modern Christians typically downplay or outright rejects the importance of public worship on the Lord’s Day. The most common variety justifies this rejection based on the “just me and Jesus” sort of thinking. This theology is nothing more than the Christianization of Western individualism. It cannot be squared with the intensely communal nature of biblical…

Creating a Culture of Discipline pt. 2

First, a pastor must reform his own life. A.W. Tozer declared, “God makes a man holy by blood and fire and sharp discipline. Then he calls the man to some special work, and the man being holy makes that work holy in turn.” Holiness is the most basic prerequisite for ministry. The qualifications for the…

Creating a Culture of Discipline pt. 1

John Calvin wrote, “All who desire to remove discipline or to hinder its restoration are surely contributing to the ultimate dissolution of the church.” He isn’t alone when it comes to the importance of discipline. Pastors throughout history have agreed that discipline is a defining mark of a true church. Sadly, church discipline has fallen on…

Preachers need to live well…

“It is a palpable error in those ministers that make such disproportion between their preaching and their living, that they will study hard to preach exactly and study little or not at all to live exactly. All the week long is little enough to study how to speak two hours; and yet one seems too…

So ya wanna be a pastor…

…then you better pay attention to Richard Baxter’s counsel: “Take heed to yourselves, because the tempter will more ply you with his temptations than other men. If you no further than God restraineth him. He bearth the greatest malice to those that are engaged to do him the greatest mischief… Take heed, therefore, brethren for…

Are you called to be a pastor?

How do you know if you are called to the office of pastor? There are essentially three parts involved in a call to ministry. First, a man must feel called. Ministry cannot be treated simply as one possible career opportunity. A call will involve a strong internal drive towards the ministry despite its many negatives.…