Your soul needs more than information. In a local church, your preacher is also your pastor who can know you, care for you, and help you.
Editor of Southern Equip
Jeff Robinson (M.Div. and Ph.D., SBTS) is editor of the Southern Seminary blog. He is pastor of Christ Fellowship Church in Louisville, serves as senior editor for The Gospel Coalition, and is also adjunct professor of church history and senior research and teaching associate for the Andrew Fuller Center at SBTS. He is co-author with Michael A. G. Haykin of To the Ends of the Earth: Calvin’s Missional Vision and Legacy (Crossway, 2014) and co-editor with D. A. Carson of Coming Home: Essays on the New Heaven and New Earth (Crossway) and 15 Things Seminary Couldn’t Teach Me (Crossway, forthcoming) with Collin Hansen. Jeff and his wife, Lisa, have four children.
As pastors, we must lovingly guide those whom God has placed under our care to steward their privilege of church membership well.
Our kids need to be prepared—in age-appropriate ways—for life in a world captive to sin and death.
Pastor, meditate on these texts to nourish your faithfulness and silence your anxiety.
Praise God that it pleased him to work through ordinary men like Luther and Calvin to unleash afresh an extraordinary gospel to work in all its grace-driven power in my life and in the lives of countless millions of other believers and pastors through the century.
I want them to know the gospel is everything. I want them to know defending the Bible is dangerous, but worth the risk.
Scripture clearly forbids laziness, but does not forbid leisure time. After God finished creating the world and everything in it, he rested.
Brother pastor, if you haven’t read deeply and widely in the Baptist history canon, put these giants atop your reading list.
I cannot improve on Paul’s words to a young elder named Timothy but based on Paul’s writings I offer five lines of encouragement for you.
Three decades later, I am privileged to serve as a pastor, and I see the importance of participating in the annual meeting.
When we use God’s ordinary means, we get God’s power with them.
Without Easter Sunday, Good Friday is just another Friday.
We pray in hope, and then we wait on the Lord to answer.
God is holy and we are not, yet that seldom frightens us into action.
I am not worthy to be a minister, but Christ was worthy for me. I do not and will not measure up, but Jesus perfectly measured up for me. The gospel is true for God’s people in the pew and it is true for me, his herald, as well.
Don’t leave the interiew before asking these ten (often-forgotten) questions.
A pastor should first come in, love them where they are, earn their trust, then break the news to them of their current state.
No doubt, there are other questions that may need to be asked, but some of these helped me make this solemn decision.