Where are the pastors? by Eugene Peterson

American pastors are abandoning their posts, left and right, and at an alarming rate. They are not leaving their churches and getting other jobs. Congregations still pay their salaries. Their names remain on the church stationery and they continue to appear in pulpits on Sundays. But they are abandoning their posts, their calling. They have […]


Packer on the Christian Life

From an excellent work, Packer on the Christian Life.  Few have shaped me more in 40 years than Packer. This quote is Packer at his best, on the work of Christ for us. Worth meditation. “In summary, Packer explains how penal substitution theologically explains everything else that God accomplished on our behalf in Christ. Note […]


Suffering does not have the last word

One of the callings of a pastor is to walk with people in their suffering. After years of walking with sufferers of bereavement, criminal assault, slanderous accusation, infertility — and the like — I have concluded that suffering is holy ground. It is the place above all others where man wrestles with God. On one […]