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How to love when you want to retaliate

In our last issue of A Pastor’s View, we discussed St. Valentine and what the Bible has to say about love. We primarily focused on loving those who also love us or are part of our inner circles.  But what about those who are not so easy to love—those with whom we have experienced conflict, […]

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Making Jesus king of our new year

We are almost a week into 2021 and most of us are grateful to see the old one gone. How are you approaching this year? With caution? Hope? Have you made any New Year’s resolutions? It seems the Babylonians started this tradition 4,000 years ago, resolving to return borrowed farm equipment. Whether you borrowed farm […]

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Pastoral burnout in a pandemic: A wise article and biblical promise

Mark Turman and I recorded our latest APV video yesterday (see here and here), offering an update on the pandemic in the context of pastoral leadership. Mark told me about a conversation he had with a mutual friend of ours whose pastor recently resigned. According to our friend, this pastor grew so weary from dealing […]

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Let’s discuss the COVID-19 vaccines

In light of the many challenges the COVID-19 pandemic presents to the church and its leaders, how should pastors respond? In this first part of a two-part series, Dr. Jim Denison of the Denison Forum and Pastor Mark Turman discuss: Is there any good news about the virus right now? Is COVID-19 like the flu? […]

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The real story of Christmas: The baby who was “from the beginning”

Santa Claus will be different this year, with social distancing and masks making it harder for children to tell the jolly man what they want for Christmas. But no matter how hard this year has been, or how different Christmas will be, Jesus is still the main focus of this holy day. And always will […]

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Attitude of gratitude: The key to the presence and power of God

Thanksgiving 2020 may look different from our traditional ones. With the pandemic surging again and putting limits on travel and large gatherings, more simple celebrations are anticipated. The most recent guidelines from the CDC as of this writing recommends immediate family only: “The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to celebrate with people […]

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State of Our Union: Pledging allegiance on our knees

As we approach the presidential election, we have been seeking guidance from God’s Word as we pray for our nation and its people. This month we are discussing the need to take a stand on our knees as dual citizens of our nation and God’s kingdom as we make intercession for our nation and its […]

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State of our Union: Marching on our knees

A couple of weeks ago Mark Turman excellently addressed our dual citizenship as Christians and the importance of taking a stand on our knees. This week let’s elaborate more on the importance of prayer as we face the upcoming election. How do we live for eternity and the present, representing our Lord as his ambassador […]

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Loving God and people in an uncivil world

We have been learning from the early church how we can model civility and make an impact in our chaotic world. We’ve witnessed the passion and the power of the early Christians, which came from the Holy Spirit. We saw their devotion to Scripture, community, worship, and prayer. Now we will look at how their […]

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Called to Civility: Four keys to living Acts in today’s world

Civility, or the lack thereof, is a topic often addressed in our modern culture. It is not new, nor is the lack of it. The early Christians also faced opposition. They also faced rabble-rousers and mobs when their growing influence created fear in the Jewish leaders: “But the Jews were jealous, and taking some wicked men of […]