The Gospel and the Ministry

Ministry Shouldn’t be Entered Hastily

About two years after becoming a Christian, I sensed the tug on my heart to be in pastoral ministry. Early on as a new Christian, I desired to preach God’s Word and counsel God’s people. However, the latter has always been tough since I’m naturally an introvert. It’s...

How to Pray When You Want to Give Up in Ministry

Battles that the Pastor Fights Every pastor is a unique person with his own gifting and personality, strengths and weaknesses; but most pastors also have several things in common. Most of us battle insecurity. Too often we’re workaholics and perfectionists. We tend to...

Why Pastors Should Be Good Readers

Why Pastors Should Be Good Readers from Crossway on Vimeo. Reading Literature for Better Understanding of the Bible One of the things pastors can do that shouldn’t be underestimated is to read a lot of literature. Have a little book of poetry by your bedside or read...

The Gospel and Teamwork

This material has been previously published in Jeff Mingee’s Called to Cooperate: A Biblical...

How the Psalms Saved My Life

How the Psalms Saved My Life

In Psalm 121, the Psalmist is in a valley and looks up to the hills and in desperation, asks, “From where does my help come?” During my first pastorate, I entered into a season of severe depression. Every day, I woke up to a mind full of fog. Every task I completed...

Depression and Lament

Depression and Lament

“By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. On the willows there we hung up our lyres.”  (Psalm 137:1, 2) Depression is a complex condition that no single formula can heal—and we should not pretend that any can. I have too much...

When the Pastor’s Wife Needs Prayer

When the Pastor’s Wife Needs Prayer

Christmas Eve found me sitting behind a table with a sign on the front, offering prayer to those who wanted someone to pray with them or for them. As the quiet, instrumental Christmas carols played in the background, my heart cried out, “What if I am the one who needs...

4 Lessons for Pastors from the Life and Ministry of John Calvin

4 Lessons for Pastors from the Life and Ministry of John Calvin

Life Intertwined with Ministry On April 25, 1564, about a month before his death, Calvin wrote his last will and testament. In it, he identifies himself as “minister of the word of God in the Church of Geneva.”1 He served in this role for nearly half of his life. As...

Stop Comparing Yourself to Well-Known Pastors

Stop Comparing Yourself to Well-Known Pastors

Preacher, you can preach better than John MacArthur, John Piper, David Platt, and H.B. Charles. I wonder if that surprises you? It should not. You can preach better to your flock than any of those world-renowned expositional preachers. If you played their sermons at...