Pastoral Conspiracy

And Absalom used to rise early and stand beside the way of the gate. And when any man had a dispute to come before the king for judgment, Absalom would call to him and say, “From what city are you?” And when he said, “Your servant is of such and such a tribe in Israel,” …

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5 Benefits of Pastoral Counseling

People need counsel. The question is, “where will we go to find it?” The first place to start in finding counsel is the keeper of all knowledge and wisdom, our Lord. He speaks in his word and has inscripturated for us his divine counsel. Yet, he still acknowledges that sheep need shepherds. The word tells …

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Preaching and Culture

I am currently working through Bruce Waltke’s An Old Testament Theology: An Exegetical, Canonical, and Thematic Approach, and it has been such a joy. I have yet to finish, but I can already tell it’s going to be highly recommended. In chapter three he discusses the importance of explaining the text in exegesis and his …

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7 Tips for Pastoring Singles

To be honest, I loathe the title of this article. We live in an age of quick-fix solutions and yet no number of tips will help you actually accomplish anything. If we want to cultivate change in our habits, we must seek more than technique. We need to be spending more time contemplating the nature …

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Lessons Learned From a Trying Season

The Ministry of Encouragement is Essential I didn’t realize how much I needed to hear an encouraging word in my difficult season until it came. One day after laboring in ministry for months, all heaven broke loose and I think in one day I received five random encouraging words from different people for no apparent …

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Community as Invisible Nearness

  By Mason Scroggins I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There …

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Biblical Organic Community

So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not …

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Masculine Discipleship

Pastoral meetings have almost become synonymous with getting coffee. Two guys, drinking coffee and discussing the Bible or a book together. That is okay I guess. But there is a more fun and effective way to do discipleship with men. A while back, I heard a pastor talk about masculine and feminine ways of doing …

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3 Encouragements for Pastors

1) Pastor, You Are Not Alone “For they say,’ His letters are weighty and strong, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech of no account.” 2 Corinthians 10:10 Pastor, you are not alone. You’re not the only one who has had church folk talk badly about you. Paul did as well. He heard …

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What is The Shepherd’s Crook? “Pastor Care”

I started the Shepherd’s Crook because I want to help pastors and churches. Google “Pastor Statistics” and you will find a scary picture of the state pastoral ministry today. Clearly, this is not good. We offer 4 things to help with the modern pastoral crisis. Confidential Care Counsel Resources Intensive 1. Confidential Care We provide …

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