Practical Advice for Pastors

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Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Dean of Students at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson

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Remembering September 15, 1963

By Charlie Wingard · September 15, 2023 · 0 Comments
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The heart of American Christians rightly goes out to persecuted Christians in other parts of the world. But we mustn’t forget that our nation has its own tragic history of persecuting believers. The persecutors have often been professing members of the Christian church. Sixty years ago today Denise McNair looked forward to a special Sunday. She would participate in her church’s Sunday morning service, which would conclude with the sermon, “The Love That Forgives.” She dressed carefully for the day. The case above includes her purse, Buster Brown shoes, a Ten Commandment bracelet — and the piece of brick removed from her skull, a fragment of the explosion that claimed her life.  Three 14 year-old friends perished with her: Addie…

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Booknote: “Pastoral Preaching” by Conrad Mbewe

By Charlie Wingard · September 6, 2023 · 0 Comments
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  Conrad Mbewe, Pastoral Preaching: Building a People for God. Carlisle, England: Langham Partnership, 2017. $20.99. Every year Reformed Theological Seminary Jackson hosts the John Reed Miller Preaching Lectures. Guest ministers speak to various aspects of the life and work of the minister. Both students and veteran preachers leave encouraged in the Lord. Our 2015 lecturer was Conrad Mbewe, who for three decades has pastored Kabwata Baptist Church in Lusaka, Zambia. I found his lectures to be among the best I have heard on preaching. The instruction was clear, direct, and winsome, offering entirely satisfying nuts-and-bolts counsel to the preacher. Judging by the feedback, students were as personally renewed in their commitment to biblical preaching as I was. The publication of Mbewe’s Pastoral…

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Booknote: “Devote Yourself to Prayer” by David T. Irving

By Charlie Wingard · August 26, 2023 · 0 Comments
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  I am grateful to serve with a ministerial staff that is expected to pray – and does pray with and for the church. Yesterday each of First Presbyterian Church of Jackson’s ministers received Dr. David Irving’s Devote Yourself to Prayer.  “Brother pastors,” he writes, “it is your duty to be devoted to prayer for your people. To put it bluntly, it is your job to pray.” This outstanding booklet demonstrates from Acts 6:1-7 the principal role of prayer in the apostles’ work. It summons pastors to reflect on the duty, difficulty, discipline, and delight of prayer. His reflections are full of sound Bible teaching, quotations from praying pastors, and practical advice for those who are serious about dedicating themselves…

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