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Entering Solitude

Who has the time to practice solitude? Well, we all do. If you’re willing to schedule a lunch with someone or schedule a meeting, you can schedule a meeting with God and just be present with him. 

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141 Years and Counting!

On Sept. 7, we celebrated the beginning of our 141st year of ministry as Calvin Theological Seminary. While we weren't present when the ministry began, our commitment to teach and pray remains. Thanks be to God!

CandidacyPastors
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The Empathy of Christ

We’ve all had moments where we’ve empathetically suffered with others to the point where it really did feel like we’d suffered the loss ourselves. What if Jesus empathized like this all the time?

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The Trailer and the Movie

“When we worshiped yesterday,” he began, “I told the congregation that our ninety minutes together was just the trailer for the movie, a tiny glimpse of the kingdom to whet our appetite."

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Over Supply

I recently came across an article that spoke of fears that there was an oversupply of pastors. While those fears sound contemporary, the article was written sixty years ago. What can we learn from this? 

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Writing, Writing, Writing

Preparing a sermon can be like writing a ten-page term paper once a week and then having to present it to people. Not just that, but it has to make sense, be applicable, and capitalize on different learning styles. 

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Pastor as Friend?

In a friendship, there should be an equal power dynamic. But for pastors, that’s usually not the case. People sink a lot of emotional investment in their pastor, and sometimes that creates gray areas.

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Perfect Attendance

When someone doesn’t show up in worship for a month, we know we shouldn’t take it personally. But we do. When we’re healthy, we realize it isn’t about us. But who is healthy all the time? 

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Seven Marks of a True Christian Couple

What are the marks of a true Christian couple — let us say that they are married or about to be married? Because Jesus said, "Not everyone who says, Lord, Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 7:21).

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Holy Discontent

We've just come through the Lenten journey – days in the wilderness, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and finally Easter – we may think we have “arrived,” but we have not.

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Must Seminaries Change?

Talk to anyone from the world of seminary admissions/recruitment today and you will hear the same story: enrollment numbers for seminaries are down across the board.

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The Pastor's Perspective

As the interim pastor who doesn’t have “a pony in this race,” I have found it most interesting to be here and, in a minimal way, a part of the process. 

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Some Principles for Ministering to Brokenness

The purpose of this brief document is to catalyze thinking about  'shalom' with its ideas of wholeness, peace, wellness and restoration in the church as much as can be experienced this side of heaven.

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