On Christian Communication Perception and Apologies After A Fight with My Wife

Jul 15, 2016 by

On Christian Communication Perception and Apologies After A Fight with My Wife

My wife and I had a fight this morning. Lest you have immediate concern because you think pastors’ families should never argue, please remember that we too are sinners. Marriage is hard work. And sometimes my wife and I disagree—vehemently. We are no less committed to one another, though. In our fight this morning, I hurt my wife and she hurt me. In the process of reconciling with each other, I said that her intentions were irrelevant, that what I perceived was what we were dealing with. But after reading the Scriptures this morning, as part of my daily routine, I think I was wrong. Here are some thoughts on Christian communication perception and apologies based on the passage I read.

The reading that struck me this morning was from Joshua 22. Here it is in its entirety.

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Pastoral Thoughts on the King James Version

Jul 13, 2016 by

Pastoral Thoughts on the King James Version

I received a letter in the mail a week or so ago from a pastor who wanted to announce his availability to assist me in my ministry as pulpit supply or as a guest preacher for a special event. It appears the man is retiring from his ministry and moving back to central Ohio. I must say I appreciate the offer, but upon looking more closely at his resumé and his current church’s website, I found information that convinces me he wouldn’t be a good fit with our church. The church’s doctrinal statement says the following concerning the doctrine of the Scriptures: “We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the plenary and verbally inspired Word of God, the supreme and final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed, preserved today in the King James Authorized Version [hereafter King James Version] of the Bible, 1611 (unrevised).”

I’m with them until the last phrase: “preserved today in the King James Authorized Version of the Bible, 1611 (unrevised).

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What Does ‘Judge not’ Mean?

May 25, 2016 by

What Does ‘Judge not’ Mean?

 

One of the more frequent retorts that is thrown at Christians is that we are not to judge. It’s something the unbelieving world thinks is true and should mark Christian behavior—Christians are not to evaluate or measure another person’s behavior or motives whatsoever. Unfortunately, some Christians have picked up on this and are propagating it too. Since this happened to me recently, I want to look at the passage of Scripture from which this position normally originates—Matthew 7:1, which says, “Judge not, that you be not judged” (ESV).

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Questionnaire Series: On Hold

Feb 10, 2015 by

Pleasant irony, I suppose. I need to suspend this series for the time being. Two reasons prevail. First, The early part of the semester has become very busy. I have a lot of reading to do and want to give my due diligence to it and other assignments. Second—irony of ironies, I have two questionnaires that I have to work through for churches looking for pastoral staff. Thus, I will be taking a break from the questionnaire series blog. Thank you for reading, and keep praying!

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