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Models of a Pastor: The Shepherd King

…for out of Bethlehem will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel. –Matthew 2:6, echoing Micah 5:2 The above promise of a Davidic king from Bethlehem is a familiar one for Christians. We rejoice in this season of Christmas at the promised Messiah, but in a few paragraphs I’d like [...]

By | 2017-12-14T07:10:07+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Church|0 Comments

“I will build my church…”

“He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, [...]

By | 2017-07-02T14:48:18+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Church|0 Comments

Reformation 500

On October 31, 1517, a German monk posted a list of 95 talking points on the town bulletin board, hoping to start a conversation about what he perceived to be issues in the church. Though reformation in the church did not start with that event, it did serve as a catalyst for more rapid and [...]

By | 2017-07-02T14:55:23+00:00 April 5th, 2017|Church|0 Comments

The Elder

And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding. Jeremiah 3:15 (ESV) The Book of Church Order: CHAPTER 8 The Elder 8-1. This office is one of dignity and usefulness. The man who fills it has in Scripture different titles expressive of his various duties. As [...]

By | 2017-07-02T14:58:55+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Church|0 Comments

Prayer: The Heartbeat of Reformation

“But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.” John 17:13 It is that time of the year when we rightly celebrate not merely the works of men but of God who has worked through such stalwarts of the faith [...]

By | 2015-11-15T14:31:52+00:00 October 28th, 2015|Church|0 Comments

Elders: Men with a Shepherd’s Heart

And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding -- Jeremiah 3:15 It is that time of every year when you as a congregation have the privilege and responsibility to nominate and elect (if there are any God has gifted) men for the offices of elder [...]

By | 2014-08-18T22:04:11+00:00 November 14th, 2012|Church|0 Comments

General Assembly Report 2012

“And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.” (Colossians 1:18 ESV)   Last week our denomination held its annual stated meeting of the General Assembly in Louisville, Kentucky.  I wanted to use this article as a way [...]

By | 2014-08-18T23:48:17+00:00 June 28th, 2012|Church|0 Comments

General Assembly 2011 Report

Normally either I or a ruling elder would write a report on the PCA's General Assembly, but pastor Jason Helopoulos has done such a fine job that I don't think I could improve upon it.  So, read and be encouraged about our denomination.  And please continue to pray. Location:  This year’s General Assembly was held [...]

By | 2014-08-18T23:44:45+00:00 June 22nd, 2011|Church|0 Comments

Deacons: Servants after God’s Heart

  If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you (John 13:14-15) As a congregation, we have begun the process of selecting men in our congregation [...]

By | 2014-08-18T23:41:50+00:00 February 2nd, 2011|Church|0 Comments

Under-shepherds of the Chief Shepherd

  Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood (Acts 20:28)... And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory (1 Peter 5:4).   In [...]

By | 2014-08-18T23:42:06+00:00 January 19th, 2011|Church|0 Comments