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What is an essential message for every modern day pastor?

I have known Mark Dever almost 20 years.  This may be the most important word I have ever heard him publicly give.  Every modern day pastor needs to listen and take it to heart:

Posted in Oversight of Souls, The Pastor's Soul

What is the difference between a pastor and a deacon?

I often get asked this question, as many churches affirm the distinct roles between pastors and deacons, yet confuse these roles functionally.  Particularly in SBC churches, the deacons commonly carry the title of “deacon” but actually function like a pastor with

Posted in Discipleship, Oversight of Souls, Training for Ministry

How do you counsel a Christian who is being sued by a non-Christian?

A dear Christian brother and friend once came to see me a day before he was due in court.  He was being sued by a non-Christian over a property line dispute.  My friend had done all he could to try to

Posted in Evangelism, Oversight of Souls

What should I do with the hard, difficult people in my church who appear to hate me?

One of the most significant implications from Hebrews 13:17 (giving account for souls) I learned early in ministry was that I don’t have the right to dislike and refuse to care for someone’s soul that God has entrusted to me.  This is important to realize

Posted in Hospital Visitation, Oversight of Souls, The Pastor's Soul
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