Tools of the Trade For the Week of July 27, 2020

Each Monday or Tuesday I provide links to some articles that I think will be helpful to pastors. While older pastors don’t have all the answers, these articles are often especially helpful to you younger guys.

Before I give this week’s links, I want to point you to an article my friend Cynthia Epply wrote last week. Cynthia served as a counselor for many years. Many, many, many years, right Cynthia? 😇 She encountered a situation by chance, and if you love baseball, whiffle ball, family, or just want to read about something good coming out of the pandemic, take a look at this article.

Now here are some helpful links for this week.

“Future Pastors Need Mentors” is a challenge not only to experienced pastors, but to you guys who might be starting out or still in seminary.

We evangelical Christians have often been guilty of using some really questionable means of finding God’s will. One of the best books on the subject is Kevin DeYoung’s Just Do Something. But here is an article about the dubious practice of “putting out a fleece.”

One of the ways you can be a better preacher is by planning in advance. The folks at 9Marks talk about planning a preaching calendar.

John Piper writes about the solemn charge to every pastor.

With some presidential candidates past and present identifying themselves as Christians, the late RC Sproul and some other well-known pastors talk about the theology of candidates and how it should/shouldn’t affect how we vote.

David Murray has written some helpful material for those who suffer from anxiety or depression. I believe it’s vital that pastors read up on these issues and grasp the various dimensions of both. If we don’t, we’re likely not only to be unhelpful, we may be hurtful. Anyway, here’s an article on prayer to share with those who struggle.

Jeff Robinson, on the Crossway Podcast, talks about the Blessings and Burdens of Pastoral Ministry.

Back in the day I used to thumb through the hymnal our church used and wince at some of the awful theology some songs contained. The church used to have a staple of 500-600 hymns. Today we have a plethora (note – side humor) of songs: some good, some not-so-good, some really bad. How do we choose what to sing? This article talks about how the Psalms can teach us what to sing.

That’s all for today. Have a great week. Let me modify what one network anchor says: “We’re one week closer to the New Heavens and New Earth.”

Author: Peter Bogert

Married to Laura, with three adult children, 7 grandchildren. I’m an avid baseball fan, and I enjoy listening to audiobooks about military history, and reading Theology. I was ordained a Baptist pastor and served two churches over a 41 year period. After a three year hiatus I'm glad to be serving at Calvary Bible Fellowship Church in Coopersburg, PA. And I’m glad you stopped by!

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