Category Archives: Life of a pastor

A denier called back to duty

Jesus Reinstates Peter!
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Four servants of God who battled fierce despair

Four servants of God. Each one reached an extremely low point in life. All of them felt that life was no longer worth living. Continue reading

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Church – structured and spontaneous

The Church is an organism, not just an organization. This truth cautions against overly structuring the life of a body of believers. As an organism, the spiritual life or life generated by the Holy Spirit should lead to spontaneous ministries … Continue reading

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My first funeral (a suicide)

There was standing room only at the funeral parlor as I faced some rather austere men and women dressed in the old black garb common to conservative Mennonites. Continue reading

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Liabilities in my work

Good words for those who use many words! Continue reading

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Are you a wise and discerning person?

When I began ministry many years ago, a scene out of the life of Solomon greatly influenced me and became my prayer. Continue reading

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Servant-leadership…but….

Jesus set the example of servant-leadership but be careful not to misunderstand what He intended. Continue reading

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