St. Irenaeus and Pastor-Theologians

While listing the requirements of a pastor in Titus 1, Paul says a pastor “must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.”[1] In other words, one of the requirements for being a pastor is understanding theology […]

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The Suffering of Pastoral Ministry

In 2 Corinthians 11, Paul defends his ministry as an apostle by listing the ways that he has suffered as a minister of the gospel. Against his opponents, he says that he has been imprisoned, flogged, beaten, stoned, shipwrecked, hunted, and starved for the sake of his ministry. Paul’s list of suffering doesn’t stop at […]

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A Theology of Church Finance

I’ve worked at two churches and I have many friends who are pastors. Here’s one thing that nearly all of our churches have in common: Finances are sometimes a little too slim for comfort. Very few churches have way too much cash lying around. Instead, many churches have to follow a strict budget. Managing church […]

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The 5 Solas of the Reformation

501 years ago this month, Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg church. What followed was an earthquake along theological fault lines rivaled only by the Great Schism of 1054. Whereas the Great Schism divided the Church between the Roman Catholic Church in the West and the Orthodox Church […]

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What Must a Christian Believe?

Different versions of Christianity have different standards a person must meet in order to be called a Christian. A Roman Catholic, for example, may define a Christian as someone who attends mass and participates in the sacraments. However, even the most ardent Catholic probably doesn’t believe their Lutheran neighbor is invariably consigned to the pits […]

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