Archive for September, 2012

Book review of “Pastoring the Pastor”

September 24, 2012

Pastoring the Pastor: Emails of a Journey Through Ministry
©2012 by Tim Cooper and Kelvin Gardiner
Published by Christian Focus Publications
eBook

This is an easy to read and even easier to enjoy little book. The authors invite us to look over the shoulder of a young pastor as he composes a number of emails to his uncle, who is a veteran pastor and as he reads the responding emails. The email addresses give us a hint of how the relationship begins. The young pastor is daniel@hubris.com, his uncle is eldon@charis.net! Eventually Daniel moves to the same email provider as his uncle Eldon.

We vicariously experience the thrill of a new pastorate and reality as it sets in. We also get to read the email of a few others (with their permission of course) who give us their unique perspective on how things are going at Broadfield Community Church. We are comforted by uncle Eldon’s wisdom and insight. We move from feeling like eavesdroppers to being invested in Daniel’s ministry. It is a delightful journey.

I recommend this book to new pastors (and their wives) and to church members who would like to get inside of the head and heart of their pastor. Even older pastors will enjoy the memories and be challenged to become Eldons.

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Pride always leads to downfall

September 10, 2012

I am currently reading Embracing Obscurity: Becoming Nothing in Light of God’s Everything. I will eventually write a review, but for now I want to reproduce a chart the author used to contrast Christ and Satan. Christ came in humility, Satan in pride.

Using “Christ’s Disposition” as found in Philippians 2:5-11 and
“Satan’s Disposition” as found in Isaiah 14:12-16 & Ezekiel 28:12-17.

Christ is by His very nature God (vs. 6)
Satan is by nature created by God (Ezek. 28:15)

Christ did not cling to His rights or deity, even though they belonged to Him (vs. 6)
Satan pursued the rights of deity, even though they did not belong to him (Isa. 14:13-14)

Christ humbled Himself: made Himself of no reputation (vs. 7)
Satan bragged incessantly in his heart (Isa. 14:13-14)

Christ came to serve men, created ones (vs. 7)
Satan sought to rule over those he did not create (Isa. 14:13-14)

God became Man lower than the angels
Angel tried to become God

Christ chose obedience to the will of God, even though it included obscurity and even death (vs. 8)
Satan rebelled against the will of God because even the beauty, wisdom, high position, and privileges given him weren’t enough (Isa. 14:13-14; Ezek. 28:12-15)

Therefore…
God has exalted Christ (vs. 9)
God has cast Satan down (Isa. 14:12 Ezek. 28:17)

Every knee will bow to Christ, in heaven and earth (vs. 10)
Heaven and earth will marvel at Satan’s destruction (Isa. 14:16)

End result: God is glorified (vs. 11)
End result: God is glorified

Life Summarized…
Christ: Humility followed by Honor
Satan: Pride followed by humiliation