Blog Category: Pastoral Ministry

The Minister as a Waiter

Michael Riccardi | October 7, 2015

In Acts 6, we find that famous passage in which the occasion comes for the Apostles to designate the priorities of the Christian ministry. The twelve make it known to the congregation that, above all other ministerial responsibilities and worthy pursuits, they will devote themselves “to prayer and to the ministry of the word” (Ac […]

Seminary Studies: Where Duty Meets Devotion

TMS Staff | July 30, 2015

Today’s post is adapted from B. B. Warfield’s address “The Religious Life of Seminary Students.” The full essay can be read here. As students of theology your vocation is to study theology; and to study it diligently, in accordance with the apostolic injunction: “Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord.” It is […]

Ask John MacArthur

TMS Staff | July 24, 2015

Do you have a doctrinal or ministry-related question you would like John MacArthur to answer? If so, please ask it in the comments section below. We will be collecting questions throughout the weekend. Next week, via video interview, Dr. MacArthur will be responding to selected questions from those asked here. The video will be posted on the […]

Online Theological Resources

Nathan Busenitz | July 17, 2015

When it comes to Bible software, I use Logos more than anything else (though I know BibleWorks and Accordance are excellent too). But what about free online resources? Thankfully, the web has made it possible for almost anyone with a computer to access hundreds of valuable study tools. For people who don’t have immediate access […]

Slaves of Christ

Michael Riccardi | June 25, 2015

When I began to preach the book of Philippians a couple years ago, I noticed that Paul immediately identifies himself and Timothy as slaves of Christ Jesus (Phil 1:1). Now, most of the English versions have “servants” or “bond-servants” there, but the Greek word is doulos, which is properly rendered “slave.” In identifying himself as a […]

Feeding through Reading

Paul Lamey | June 8, 2015

“Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching” (1 Tim 4:13). Augustine said that when we listen to the reading of Scripture, it is as if the Lord is present among us. For all the talk of “incarnational” ministry today, there is no higher privilege than to hear […]

The Pastor’s ‘Typical’ Week

Paul Lamey | May 13, 2015

With a stethoscope over his heart, he heard the doctor inquire, “What’s a typical week for a pastor?” He didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. “You see Doc, ‘typical’ doesn’t exist for the pastor. It’s a myth, a dream, and a mirage in the desert of my so-called busyness.” His rant was not finished, […]

A Challenge for Christian Communicators

John MacArthur | May 4, 2015

No preacher likes the feeling of being tongue-tied—especially when it happens in the pulpit. Those awkward moments when his brain gets stuck in neutral and his mouth continues to rev are the nightmare of every preacher. It can be especially dangerous when everything he says is recorded. A few years ago some of our radio-broadcast workers assembled a […]

In Defense of Integrity

John MacArthur | May 1, 2015

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the gifted nineteenth-century London preacher, said this in one of his later sermons, “I feel that, if I could live a thousand lives, I would like to live them all for Christ, and I should even then feel that they were all too little a return for His great love to me” […]

To Be Like God: Virtuous or Blasphemous?

George Lawson | April 16, 2015

Pursuing Godliness in the Right Ways The first temptation recorded on the pages of Scripture was the enticement to be like God. The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing […]

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