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The balm that pastors provide

This story caught my eye: “Archaeologists find rare 2,000-year-old ‘Balm of Gilead’ gemstone seal near Western Wall.” The gem holds an engraving that depicts the Balm of Gilead, a rare perfume used medicinally.  This balm is mentioned in Genesis 37:25, where it was listed among the possessions of a caravan to which Joseph’s brothers sold […]

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The “Bread of Life” and the Search for Significance

A word from Jim  Welcome back to A Pastor’s View! It’s been at least a month since our last email, but we were waiting to share good news about a new addition to our staff—which also means a revival of this weekly resource. Thank you for opening this edition and for the privilege of partnering […]

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Let’s discuss the COVID-19 vaccines

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How has God prepared you for pastoring during a pandemic?

“You must live with people to know their problems, and live with God in order to solve them.” —P. T. Forsyth Good Friday is a week from today; Easter comes in nine days. It will be the first Easter in history to be celebrated primarily online. How do we “live with people” when we must […]

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Should churches apply for CARES funds?

This paper is intended to help churches and ministries as they consider whether to accept CARES funds. (NOTE: The information at that link changes nearly daily.) These funds are available through the US Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, which is part of the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which consists of $349 […]

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The coronavirus pandemic and America’s spiritual renewal

World War II ended seventy-five years ago. In the midst of this horrible conflict, a spiritual war was being waged as well.  The Wall Street Journal recently noted that, after World War II, “Americans, chastened by the horrors of war, turned to faith in search of truth and meaning. In the late 1940s, Gallup surveys […]