Archive for July, 2008

What is Pastoral Care?

July 31st, 2008

I did my first lecture in Pastoral Care the other day. It was an interesting exercise to find a definition that really covered it. Instead of coming up with a succinct statement that encompassed it, the lecturer gave a number of definitions that painted a picture to try and give us an understanding of Pastoral […]

Interesting discussion

July 29th, 2008

I had an interesting discussion with some friends last night. Part of our discussion touched on how we noticed that often the people of God in the Old Testament followed and served God faithfully for a time. Then after a number of years or generations they had turned completely away from them. For those who […]

Your first love

July 28th, 2008

Revelation 2:1-7 talks about the church at Ephesus and how they are going as a church. There are some positives, some negatives and a challenge. At the start of the passage in verses 1-3 we see that the Lord commends the church of the good things they are doing. He commends their labour in doing […]

Spurgeon on preaching without Christ

July 26th, 2008

I found this quote recently from Spurgeon and his thoughts on preaching a sermon without mentioning Christ… “The best sermons are the sermons which are fullest of Christ. A sermon without Christ as its beginning, middle, and end is a mistake in conception and crime in execution. If you leave out Christ, you have left […]

The lost sheep

July 25th, 2008

I have been reflecting on the lost sheep parable the last few days (Luke 15:3-7). This is the one that talks about a shepherd with 100 sheep and one goes missing. The shepherd leaves the 99 and goes to look for the one to bring it back into the fold. When he finds it he […]