Tools of the Trade – Weekend Edition – January 1, 2021

A number of really good articles have been written over the last two or three weeks. Here’s a group of them to enjoy and I’ll have more in a few days.

Cynthia Epply writes for those who come to the holidays realizing that things are going to be different – and not (just) because of the Covid. Holiday Grief is something very real to many who will miss loved ones this year.

Allyson Todd continues the theme of the above article by writing about memories, brokenness, and the things that crush people at Christmas.

And here is one more article on this theme, which no doubt has been amplified by all that has happened in 2020.

This article by Joshua Heavin speaks to the need to minister appropriately to people who have disabilities in general and those with dementia in particular.

Mark Redfern shares some thoughts about how the reality of how Heaven shapes our ministry and helps us overcome the challenge we face.

This is a secular article, but contains a lot of wisdom for those of us who are married.

Christmas is wonderful, but it can be draining. David Mathis suggests a silent retreat after Christmas.

The always helpful Peter Mead shares 7 Things to Pray for as You Prepare to Preach in 2021.

As you get older you may find that your voice has changed, and not always for the best. This article, again from a secular source, contains some very good advice on improving your speaking voice.

Ed Welch writes: “So, trying to follow my wife’s example, I recalibrate my expectations of the local church and summarize them this way. To be in the body of Christ is to be a pastor, not necessarily an ordained pastor but a pastor in that we are all called to care for the souls around us. Passivity is out of the question.”

Jared Wilson has “Good News for Those Dragging Themselves Across the Finish Line to January 1.”

Another helpful article by Peter Mead. He says: “As preachers we often think in terms of giving answers. After all, we are the ones who need to study for hours in order to communicate God’s Word in a way that emphasizes its relevance to the people in front of us. Here are a few quick thoughts, not about answers, but about questions.”

Have a Happy New Year and thanks for stopping by!

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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