Monthly Archives: September 2008

He Must Not Be Violent: Meditation on Titus 1:7b

He must not be violent . . .  No quick-tempered men can be appointed as elders in the Christian church. Much like the prohibition on arrogance, the implications for this qualification are sobering. Any man who has a consistently short … Continue reading

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Brown’s Visitation Strategy, Part 2: Resolution

Yesterday, Charles Brown (1806-1884) spoke to the issue of frustration in pastoral visitation of his flock (see below). Today, I’d like to share the resolution Brown arrived at when a serious illness forced him to scale back his workload: “First, I visited only … Continue reading

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Brown’s Visitation Strategy, Part 1: Frustration

Without question, my favorite part of Charles J. Brown’s The Ministry are the four pages dedicated exclusively to the issue of “Pastoral Visitation.” Brown begins, first of all, with the assumption that all pastors will visit their flock. But he realizes … Continue reading

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Paul Martin and Pastoral Labor in God’s Power

I have quickly come to appreciate the grace of God in pastor Paul Martin of Grace Fellowship Church, Toronto. It was Paul’s commitment to systematic visitation I highlighted in an earlier post. Since then, Brother Paul was kind enough to e-mail me … Continue reading

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Charles Brown: Personal Godliness in the Pastorate

This quote from Charles Brown in The Ministry echoes Paul in his qualifications for elders in Titus 1:7. “Personal Godliness, in short, is the foundation, and an indispensable prerequisite, of the Christian ministry. It is the foundation of it. I … Continue reading

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He Must Not Be Greedy for Gain: Meditation on Titus 1:7b

He must not be greedy for gain. . . Paul says ministry for “shameful gain” is a mark of the false teachers in Crete just a few verses down. For there are many who are insubordinate, empty-talkers and deceivers, especially in the … Continue reading

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An Ancient Lesson in Pastoral Ministry from the Apostle John

Dr. Greg Thornbury shared this powerful story of the apostle John in a chapel message a few years back, and today it came flooding back to my memory. It has nourished my soul today at the end of a week that has … Continue reading

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