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Cultural preaching seminar with Dr. Joel Gregory

Pastor-friends: On behalf of Denison Forum and A Pastor’s View, we are grateful to Dr. Joel Gregory for leading pastors and church leaders in our online seminar that took place on June 30th titled Cultural Preaching.  We had over 250 registrants and have received very positive feedback from those who were able to attend live. The image below is a […]

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The power of persistent prayer

2020 has been a year like no other in living memory. It started as 1973, with the impeachment proceedings. Then it became 1918 with the coronavirus pandemic. It added 2008 (and maybe 1929) with the recession. Then it added 1968 with racial issues. None of the last three will end any time soon, and we […]

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A way of doing everything

My friend Warren is a trustworthy and faithful friend. He is a guest preacher at our church, a personal confidant and a wise advisor. He is also an experienced minister and missionary, having served for decades in different settings. A few years ago, he launched a mission sending agency focused on exposing teenagers and young […]

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Face second-guessing? Read ‘The Death of Expertise’

Ever had people in your congregation, perhaps elders or deacons, who think they know more about your job than you do? It may be more than the normal second-guessing a pastor faces, according to The Death of Expertise: The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters by Tom Nichols. Recent polls show that respect for the clergy […]

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Cultural preaching: A high calling and great honor

Summer unofficially started yesterday. The new season is off to a less than auspicious start. It’s been noted in the last several days that we are grappling with two viruses, one new, the other very old. The covid-19 pandemic that arrived in the United States in January is new. It has disrupted our lives, our […]

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Memorial Day in a pandemic: Why remembering is so transforming

On August 27, 1776, George Washington addressed his soldiers before the Battle of Long Island. This was the first major battle after America declared her independence. Gen. Washington stated: “The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves . . . . The fate of […]

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VIDEO: A conversation on pastoral health with Pastor Steve Smith

Steve Smith is Director of Hope Works Counseling Center in Plano, Texas. He has served in several churches during his ministry, including the First Baptist Church of Euless, Texas and Prestonwood Baptist Church in North Dallas. In addition to overseeing the counseling center with more than ten counselors on staff, Steve is pastor of Hebron […]

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Do you wanna get away? The pastor’s health

After a time of intense ministry, Jesus commanded his disciples to come apart and be with him away from the crowds and pressures of ministry (Mark 6:30-32). Someone once wisely said, “If we don’t come apart to be with Jesus regularly, we will surely come apart in other ways.” Let’s focus a bit more on […]

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Mental health for pastors: Three ways Jesus practiced self-care

Darrin Patrick, a megachurch pastor, speaker, and author, has died. According to Seacoast Church, a multi-site megachurch in South Carolina where he was teaching pastor, he died of what appears to be a “self-inflicted gunshot wound.” A longtime friend of Patrick noted that pastors often don’t know what to do when they struggle. They attempt to […]

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Restarting onsite worship during COVID-19

We titled this resource, “A Pastor’s View” with the understanding that local church pastors are key to Christ’s kingdom mission. Pastors are “front-liners” and “first responders” in their own right. The work of pastors is unique. We serve as priests and prophets (Ephesians 4:11-12). Our work is multifaceted and at times confusing. A younger pastor […]