Are pastors just supposed to listen and pray, or is there something more we can do to help speed recovery for our hospitalized parishioners? Gerald W. Paul suggests ways to go beyond being interested to being helpful. His ideas will help you broaden and brighten the patient's outlook.
Some New Testament texts seem to expect Christ to return almost immediately. Others point to a delay of His advent, or to events that must occur before. He returns. Christians have long probed this dilemma. Are these passages in conflict? How shall we understand them? What do they say to us as we look for the Lord's advent?
Kenneth L. Gibble's introspective look at the temptations of Jesus turned the spotlight on a few tarnishes on his clerical halo. You'll want to examine yours too, to see where it needs a little polishing by the grace of God.
Charles D. Brooks, a well-known Adventist preacher, is not so much
interested in the mechanics of preaching as in the reality of the message. He turns away from concern about how the sermon is prepared to concern with how the preacher is prepared. His message will make you stand tall in the pulpit!
Motivating members of any volunteer organization, including the church, can be a particularly challenging task. But recent theories of motivation arising from the business world offer insights that the pastor will find helpful.
It would be nice if our bodies had built-in red lights that would flash when we encounter excessive and harmful levels of stress. On second thought, we would probably pay no more attention to flashing red lights than we do to obvious signs of stress already present One facet of ministry that is especially vulnerable to stress-related problems is hospital chaplaincy.
Caught between the modern admonition to "be yourself" and the reality of traditional role expectations, a minister's wife can begin to wonder who she really is. Here are some positive ways to seek the answer.
With its 206 bones, 639 muscles, 4 million pain sensors in the skin, 750
million air sacs in the lungs, 16 billion nerve cells, and 30 trillion cells in total, the human body is remarkably designed for life.