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Biblical Sexuality

Let’s talk sex. That’s our topic this month in “A Pastor’s View” or “APV” for short. In just 7 months of existence we’re already shortening our name for efficiency! No, really, let’s talk sex and sexuality and all the fairly new terms that are now attached to this topic such as identity, orientation, LGBTQ+, fluidity, […]

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The intersection of faith and science: Our culture at the crossroads

Our culture often sees science as having the answers to most of the challenges and needs of our day. Unfortunately, many in our day also see faith as either irrelevant or, sadly, dangerous. So, let’s honestly deal with the intersection of faith and science. First, we’ll lay some groundwork, then we’ll apply what we discover […]

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The Duel and the Dance: Is “Science God” Dying?

I have been pastoring churches in Texas since 1987. For most of my 33 years in ministry I have been intrigued and sometimes intimidated by the tension and sometimes outright conflict between science and faith. I never did well in the sciences when I was in school. In the seventh grade I walked into a […]

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God and the Pandemic: A Christian Reflection on the Coronavirus and Its Aftermath

N.T. Wright, one of the world’s foremost New Testament scholars, has written a most timely book, God and the Pandemic: A Christian Reflection on the Coronavirus and Its Aftermath. Scholarly yet accessible, the book will appeal to pastors and laypeople alike as it grapples with one of life’s most fundamental questions: Why do catastrophic events like the pandemic […]

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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 […]