Tools of the Trade For the Week of August 31, 2020

I’m a day late. Sorry! This has been a great week-plus getting to know the people I work with, getting to know a bit more about what I’ll be doing, and actually getting into the work.

Here are some helpful articles for your files or for you to share:

David Murray, who has written a great deal on the subject of depression and anxiety, explains the difference – and similarities – between them. This is must reading for pastors.

”Seminary is an incredible opportunity to grow in knowledge of the Word of God and theology in general. It can also be a place where one’s spiritual life suffers a slow, steady decline.” So says the author of this article. And what he says to seminarians is also true for pastors.

Until I heard R.C. Sproul teach on Justification, I did not understand what Roman Catholicism actually taught. It’s good to get our facts straight, and here is an article that will be helpful. It may surprise you!

This video by Jen Wilkin will help the women’s ministry in your church with the process of disciple-making.

Pastoral work can be discouraging. You may have already experienced that. Here are some reminders for when those times come. This is written specifically in light of the COVID situation, but applies more widely than that.

I’m sure many people are tired of “virtual church.” Though you may have discovered new ways to use media that will continue beyond when we call gather again without facemarks and hand sanitizer, this has been a hard period for both pastors and congregations. Ken Braddy writes about 7 Coping Strategies for Virtual Ministry Exhaustion.

This is deeply spiritual on so many, many levels, mixing intricate theology and rock-solid practical application. Thank you, Joe Rigney.

Greg Lanier asks and answers, “How Should the Preexistence of Christ Shape How We Preach the Old Testament?”

Here’s one to read and share with your leaders: “5 Relationships That Suffer When A Leader Is Emotionally Unhealthy.”

Clint Presley talks about the differences between “Attractional” churches and “Gospel-Centered” churches and how to lead people from the former the latter.

“My Vision-Casting Regret.” This is great reading.

Michael Kruger has a message of encouragement to the wives of seminarians.

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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