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Calvin’s Theology of Pastoral Care

Christ likens the Church to a sheepfold in which God assembles his people, and compares himself to the door, since he is the only entrance way into the Church.

Invitation to a Pillar Fight

Preamble: Beyond the blue horizon an even-keeled professorship goes into dry dock claiming that (1) doctrine unites, (2) reason divides, and (3) bondage frees. I.  Surveying Our Rubble Let...

The Call to Love the Small

What are the unique opportunities and challenges facing our small churches?

Recovering the Office of Elder – The Shepherd Model, Part III

Might it still be possible to recover the former understanding of the office of elder, which is so central to our history, identity, and being as Presbyterians?

Returning to the Basics

Sixty miles or so from where I live there is a mountain popular among rock climbers––Stalamus Chief. It presents itself as a vertical slab...

Rediscovering the Office of Elder. The Shepherd Model, Part II

In 1898, the ruling elders of the Second Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, Missouri,became aware through local media that one of their members, Dr....

Preparing for Baptisms And Supporting the Baptized

Opening prayer: Great God, we thank you for the gift of baptism, in which Jesus forgives us our sins yet lays your mighty claim...

Luther, Calvin, and the Recovery of Congregational Singing. Is the Reformers’ Legacy at Risk?

From the earliest days of the church, Christians who gathered for corporate worship spent at least some of their time together singing “psalms, hymns,...

Rediscovering the Office of Elder-The Shepherd Model, Part I

At the center of our name, tradition, identity, and ethos as Presbyterians is a term that has lost almost all connection with what it...

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