Category: Pastoral Ministry

Hurricane Harvey – a reminder to endure

It seems as though every year from about mid-August until late September, the East Coast, the Florida Coast and the Gulf Coast are pelted with tropical storms and hurricanes. This year is no different. The city of Houston and the surrounding Gulf Coast areas a... Read More »

When Pastor Paul becomes Persecutor Saul

Over the last seven years working with college and seminary students in various ministry capacities, I have had the privilege of meeting many young men who are serving the Lord in their first ministry positions. For any young minister, his first ministry posit... Read More »

An Appeal To Pastors—Please Call Out The Called

“This is a heart message to my brothers in a holy cause, seeking to lay upon their souls Christ’s cry for Gospel recruits. … Will we do our part in calling out … those He has called?”[1] This is the heartfelt plea of L.R. Scarborough, the second pres... Read More »

Supporting Perry – Supporting Us All

Am I rejoicing at Perry Noble’s forced departure from NewSpring Church in Anderson, South Carolina? I could scarcely believe my ears when that question was asked. To the contrary, I am profoundly saddened – hurting for an obviously gifted young man, sad fo... Read More »

Are You Called To Be A Pastor?

It is important to understand that all believers are called to ministry and all believers are to pursue Christ with all their heart and passion. It is also true that every believer should be diligent to share the Gospel and be in the habit of making disciples.... Read More »

Finishing Well

It happens about this same time every semester: students work feverishly to complete assignments, and faculty work diligently to grade them. Procrastination is no longer your friend. It’s easy to complain about the load or bemoan the fact that you didn’t s... Read More »

Preaching Tools: Exodus

This month, Oscar-winning director and producer Ridley Scott will bring his biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, starring Christian Bale in the role of Moses, to the big screen. Certainly, the movie has sparked much discussion for many reasons, which brings t... Read More »

Metaxas and the Miraculous: A Review of Eric Metaxas’ Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life

Eric Metaxas has taken his talents to an exploration of miracles in his brand new book Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, And How They Can Change Your Life. When I first heard about his newest project I was both excited but also a bit nervous. Most of u... Read More »

Preaching Tools: Luke

With Christmas quickly approaching, many pastors will preach Christmas sermon series during December and/or special Christmas services. The Gospel of Luke provides the most comprehensive details regarding the birth of Jesus and surrounding events, including th... Read More »

Patterson answers questions in 140 characters or less

In chapel, Oct. 16, while promoting that afternoon’s session of “Twitter Den,” a variation of his occasional Lion’s Den Q&A sessions, Southwestern Seminary President Paige Patterson noted that, on Twitter, he is required to respond to every questio... Read More »