Category: Pastors

[book review: bonhoeffer by eric metaxas]

[book review: bonhoeffer by eric metaxas]

I love background stories and this book is structured in such a way as to tell the personal story of Dietrich’s life, including stories of his family. Bonhoeffer was a man young people always followed and this student edition has been masterfully adapted for that target audience.

[timely reminders…]

[timely reminders…]

When the devil throws your sins into your face and declares that you deserve death and hell, tell him this: “I admit I deserve death and hell, what of it? For I know the One who suffered and made satisfaction on my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God. Where He is, I shall be also.”

[leaders]

[leaders]

We have grown so accustomed to the fact that there is always division into “leaders” and “mere mortals.” Those who “serve” and those who “simply come.” We have taken the “Shepherd” and the “sheep” analogy a bit too far – we’ve become sheep who eat grass and don’t do anything else.

We’ve got so used to relying on “leaders” that we don’t really see where we fit in anymore.

“Well, I am not a pastor, how can I share about Christ with my colleagues?”

[exodus 18:14-27]

[exodus 18:14-27]

I translated a sermon today at my Church and unlike many times when my translating switch turns on and I simply translate without thinking what I am translating, today I actually listened to the sermon as I was interpreting it for the rest of the non-English-speaking people. It was based on Exodus 18:14-27 (as you …

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[being ready at all times]

[being ready at all times]

I wasn’t the only one who did not enjoy Elsie’s teaching methods and in the evening next day, as I was dreading the upcoming program, good news came – she was no longer a guest speaker, and my pastor took her place. He was great and gentle as always, speaking in love, and although I don’t think kids suspected that anything was wrong, it was like an ointment for my soul. Everything was okay again. Yet, I learned my lesson – I needed to be prepared and ready at all times.

[where do you fit in?]

[where do you fit in?]

Have you ever asked yourself that question? Or, perhaps, the better way to say it is “How many times have you asked yourself that question?” Remember choosing the table to have lunch during the break at school – maybe you were nervous when you came for the first time – “Will anyone there accept me? Will anyone save a seat for me? Where will I fit in?”

[the shepherd and the sheep]

[the shepherd and the sheep]

On Friday, a good friend of mine shared something that made me laugh at first, but then when I thought about it, it actually made quite a lot of sense. The sheep and the shepherd. This example is used in the Bible so many times! David was the one who started the “tradition,” Jesus continued …

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[BOOK REVIEW: The Runaway Pastor by David S. Hayes]

[BOOK REVIEW: The Runaway Pastor by David S. Hayes]

Although I am not a pastor myself, my mom is and so are a few of my friends. One of the main themes of the book, as I see it, is a reminder that pastors are also humans, just like all of us, “mere mortals” (i.e. the parish). We tend to forget that fact quite often (I know I am guilty of that) and, as a result, we set the standards higher for them.