The New Testament freely refers to and quotes the Old, finding in the Old Testament the authority for the claims it makes about Jesus. Some of these usages are problematic. Does the New Testament "proof-text" the Old? Does it disregard context? We can grow in our understanding of the New Testament's message by recognizing how it is using the Old Testament.
If we wish to minister with power, we must pray. But often we find prayer squeezed out of our lives by the multiplicity of duties that fill our days. The author suggests how prayer can begin again to surcharge our lives and empower our ministry.
After the pastor, the very next staff person a church should acquire is the secretary, says the author, who has worked with many secretaries. You cant afford one? Start with a volunteer. You re afraid you cant keep a secretary busy? Relax! Your job isn't to make work for her but to let her make you more effective in your work. The author describes what secretaries have done for his ministry and how best to utilize their skills.
True expository preaching finds not only its theme but its development of that theme in the text. But fashioning an expository outline is not as straightforward a task as is developing an outline for a topical sermon. In this article the author identifies, mostly through concrete examples, various types of structures that work well for expository sermons.
Crimes touch the lives of pastors as well as their parishioners. In fact, in some ways ministers may be more vulnerable than most people. But by following the authors' suggestions, you can make yourself a less tempting target.
Here are three tips from a pastor's wife who for years has been coping with the limitations of a minister's salary. One will help you stretch the budget, but the other two may prove to be even more beneficial.