The youth pastor has a difficult balancing act to accomplish. He is expected to spiritually nurture the religiously inclined young people while at the same time running a program that will appeal to the restive youth who are on their way out of the church. And he must do both without alienating the adult members!
The Saviour urged His disciples to understand the words of the prophet
Daniel But did He place the fulfillment of Daniel's warning in the
first century or at the end of time? Some interpreters believe that His
same words mean one thing in Matthew and another thing in Luke!
The topic of spiritual gifts has been receiving increased attention by many churches as they seek to help members in Christian service. Yet we tend to be selective in the gifts we recognize. The Scriptures seem to indicate that we can expect all the gifts to remain in the church until the need for them is swallowed up in eternity.
When the Bell Telephone system coined this catchy phrase, they probably didn't have pastors in mind. But you will discover, as did this pastor, that the telephone can be an indispensable aid to ministry.
Some feel strongly that the greatest question facing conservative Christianity is the issue of the authority of Scripture. Can we find authority in the Bible if we decide what is truth and what is error?
Jewish rabbis and early Church Fathers debated whether the book of Esther
should be included in the canon of Scripture. Today we are faced with a
historical question: Did the events described in Esther really occur?