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Taking Some Tips from Tychicus

The name Tychicus comes to us five times in Scripture. An examination of each mention gives us a picture of Christian service in the early church, which functions as an example for us today. The first mention is in Acts 20:4, a list of Paul’s companions on his third missionary journey (AD 52–57), including “the […]

Lessons from the Life of Nathan the Prophet

There is great benefit in studying the lives of key figures in the Bible. While the greater lessons of the passages below involve the greater themes of promise of the Davidic covenant and continuing the Davidic line, and while Christ is our greatest example, we find many practical lessons from men of old as well […]

What Is an Evangelist?

Only three verses in the NT in use the title “evangelist”: “On the next day we departed and came to Caesarea, and we entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him” (Acts 21:8 ESV); “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and […]

Receiving Those Who Are for Us: the Thoughts of a Pastor of an Independent Church

Our church has been recently going through the end of Mark 9. Jesus teaches us to receive His people, whatever their social standing may be (Mark 9:37). We are not stop others from serving Him even though their context is different from our own (9:39–41), and we greatly sin if we reject other believers and […]

The Character of a Christian Leader: Above Reproach and Pure

This entry is part of 5 in the series Character of a Christian Leader

This post is part of a series and begins a thematic look at 1 Timothy 3:1–7, Titus 1:5–9, and 1 Peter 5:1–4 to examine character traits necessary to being a Christian leader. The term “above reproach” is a general description of what overseers/elders must be in 1 Tim 3:2 and Titus 1:6–7. 1 Tim 3:2 […]

A Prayer by a Pastor’s Wife for Her Husband

With her permission, this is a prayer my wife typed out for me one day. It’s a good prayer for any Christian to pray for himself, herself, or whoever else, and especially for all Christians to pray for those whose calling involves regularly proclaiming the gospel. I hope it encourages others as it encourages me. What’s […]

A Look at the Lists: Pastoral Passages and the Character of a Christian Leader

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Character of a Christian Leader

Several “C’s” help me organize my pastoral theology. A pastor must have the call, that is, a Spirit-given desire to be in ministry (cf. 1 Tim 3:1). He must also have a certain competency, that is, a Spirit-given gift-set that includes oversight and teaching (cf. 1 Tim 3:1–2). There must also be a confirmation, that […]

Of Horses and Harems: Deuteronomy 17:14–17 and the Character of a Christian Leader

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Character of a Christian Leader

Three weeks ago, I gave an introduction to a series on character of the Christian leader. Today the series finally continues. After a read through today’s text, we’ll see that what was written for Israel’s kings then has principles for Christian leaders today. Deuteronomy 17:14–20 (ESV) 14 “When you come to the land that the Lord your God is […]

The Character of a Christian Leader

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Character of a Christian Leader

“Pay careful attention to yourselves” (Acts 20:28). “Keep a close watch on yourself” (1 Tim 4:16). Paul gave the former of these commands to the Ephesian elders and the latter to Timothy who later served in Ephesus when several elders failed to heed such a command. As one can see, despite the slight difference in […]

Mark the Evangelist: Faithful Despite Failure (Part 2 of 2)

Last week, we looked at Mark’s background, his opportunities for ministry, and his desertion of Paul and Barnabas during a missionary journey. Did he recover? Did he turn out to be faithful after his failure? Read on, and we’ll see. A Second Chance: Rebounding from a Bad Reputation Sometime after his desertion, Mark had apparently […]