I can assure you that you’re not the first pastor to wrestle with the question of whether you’re really called to pastoral ministry.
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.
Leaving a church is serious business. Here’s what to think about before you do.
In our drive to make everything cross-centered, have we forgotten the empty tomb?
Studying Baptist history enables us to become Baptists by theological conviction. It teaches us that there are many good biblical and theological reasons to hold a firm grip upon Baptist ecclesiology as a necessary biblical complement to a robust confessional, evangelical orthodoxy.
Seminary can by no means teach everything you need to know, but it puts strong tools in your box to set you up for a lifetime of matriculating in the school of Christ.
I’m confident many useful books for pastors will roll off the presses in 2019, but as we close out the old year and usher in the new, here are several of the best ministry-related books I read in 2018.
The good news links the Christmas story with Easter and shows how one is incomplete without the other.
Though his ministry took place in a distant place and time, Ichabod Spencer has helped me profoundly as both a pastor and an evangelist.
How James P. Boyce’s vision became a reality.
In my prayers, I rarely fail to be grateful for God’s saving grace in Christ, but I realized that I seldom thank him for the daily grace that keeps me saved.
Spurgeon called the 3 R’s “three doctrines that must be preached above all else,” and they draw from three different chapters of Scripture that “deal with the things in the fullest manner:” Genesis 3:14-15 (Ruin), Romans 3:21-26 (Redemption), John 3:1-8 (Regeneration). Why do I think it makes a good preaching or evangelism method? Because each of…
The pages of Scripture overflow with the doctrine of uncomfortable grace.
The Puritans can teach us how to suffer, serve, and lead with faithfulness.
Our Savior to calls us to love him supremely—even if it costs our lives. No matter what, it’s worth it.
The law as a guide to salvation is a terrible taskmaster.
In our drive to make everything cross-centered, have accidentally forgotten the resurrection?
Denying the perseverance of the saints has absolutely devastating consequences.
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.