What is a Pastor?

In my last two blog articles, I asked the question, “Where have all the pastors gone?” I have asked this question from a Namibian context and perspective. Moral failure, personal discouragement, financial problems and the like contribute to a number of pastors leaving the pastoral ministry in Namibia. There is...

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Where Have All the Pastors Gone? (Part 2)

In my last post, I lamented the loss of pastoral integrity, as I observe it from the viewpoint of the Namibian church. In this brief blog, I want to focus on the other side of the coin—namely the contribution of church members to the attrition or loss of men from the...

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And Yet

Australian theologian Peter Tong is concerned about bad theology being perpetuated via the Internet. He, along with many pastors—including this one—is concerned that an overreliance, and an overexposure to the internet, can be unhealthy. In the book Women, Sermons and the Bible: Essays interacting with John Dickson’s Hearing Her Voice,...

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Checking In, Checking Out

Jonathan Leeman writes, In the West today, individuals and families often resign their church membership like they check out of hotels. They make sure they have all their belongings, inform the management, and then go. In fact, many church members don’t do this much. People leave and tell no one....

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Listening Well

Lately, I’ve been musing on congregational life in the local church, both its immense privileges as well as its responsibilities. The following is a “first instalment.” As a child, I did not always heed my parents’ admonitions. Though they spoke straight to me, and though my ears caught the sounds...

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