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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.

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?

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...

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...

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...

Three Pastoral Insights From Martin Luther

Like many pastors across America and the world, I encouraged our congregation to observe the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. But...

The Catechized Prodigal: When Covenant Children Lose Their Way

“Train the child for the path of his life, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

Falling Short of the Solas

Almost five hundred years ago, Martin Luther stood before the Diet of Worms and declared, “Here I stand, I can do no...

Preaching The Gospel With The Great Preacher: Ten Convictions After 40 Years Of Trying To Do It Well

For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for...

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Clothes Make the Man (or the Woman)?

Do we still believe in the notion of the “preaching office” or the “pastoral office”? Or have we joined the ranks of so much American “free church” congregationalism that replaces the notion of “office” with that of mere “function”?

Can the Lord’s Supper Be “Online”?

The notion of “online Communion” has some real problems to it.

Jesus Christ is the Life – Part 2

Just how, as Christians, do we receive this life?

Jesus Christ is the Truth – Part 2

Confessing Jesus Christ as the way, the truth, and the life means he is not merely one truth among others. He is the truth by which all others are measured.

Jesus Christ is the Way – Part 2

How can the church be “the way” today?