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Letting Go and Coming Back

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Part 5 of series: Letting Go of a Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series When pastors leave a church, they need to let go. This is essential for the health of the church, both in the […]

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What is Helping Me to Let Go (Section C)

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Part 4 of series: Letting Go of a Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series So far I’ve mentioned seven factors that are helping me let go as pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church. They are: 1. My […]

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What is Helping Me to Let Go (Section B)

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Part 3 of series: Letting Go of a Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series On Friday I mentioned five things that are helping me let go as pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church. They were: 1. My […]

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What is Helping Me to Let Go (Section A)

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Part 2 of series: Letting Go of a Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I talked about my current struggle to let go of Irvine Presbyterian Church, where I served as pastor […]

Letting Go of a Church

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Part 1 of series: Letting Go of a Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series On June 30, 1991, I preached my first sermon as Senior Pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church. On September 30, 2007, I preached […]

The Pastor as Godblogger

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I’m currently at the GodBlogCon at the Las Vegas Convention Center. In former years GodBlogCon, a conference for Christians interested in the new media, convened at Biola University in Southern California. But this year GodBlogCon has joined up with the […]

If I Had It To Do Over Again . . .

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Part 11 of series: Grace in the Rearview Mirror: A Pastoral Retrospective Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series I will be the pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church for two more days. At the stroke of midnight on […]

The Hardest Thing About Being a Pastor

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Part 10 of series: Grace in the Rearview Mirror: A Pastoral Retrospective Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In yesterday’s post I explained several things I found difficult about being a parish pastor: the difficulty of certain […]

The Best Job in the World, Except . . .

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Part 9 of series: Grace in the Rearview Mirror: A Pastoral Retrospective Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I explained why I often thought that I had the best job in the world […]

The Best Job in the World

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Part 8 of series: Grace in the Rearview Mirror: A Pastoral Retrospective Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series There were many times during the past sixteen years when I thought I had the best job in the […]

The Stupidest Thing I Ever Said in a Sermon

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Part 7 of series: Grace in the Rearview Mirror: A Pastoral Retrospective Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series I do not look back at my ministry at Irvine Presbyterian Church with many regrets. Oh, I certainly made […]

Memories in Pictures, A Few More

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Part 6 of series: Grace in the Rearview Mirror: A Pastoral Retrospective Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series A few men at our Men’s Retreat in the “Whar’s the bar?” skit. A fine tradition of humiliating the […]

Some Memories in Pictures

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Part 5 of series: Grace in the Rearview Mirror: A Pastoral Retrospective Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Baptizing a high school girl who became a Christian. Yes, am immersing her (sort of) in a kiddie pool. […]

Flooded with Gratitude

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Part 4 of series: Grace in the Rearview Mirror: A Pastoral Retrospective Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Every time I sit back and begin to reflect on my last sixteen years of ministry at Irvine Presbyterian […]

Pastoring by Grace, Section 2

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Part 3 of series: Grace in the Rearview Mirror: A Pastoral Retrospective Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I explained my conviction that my pastoral work at Irvine Presbyterian Church was by God’s […]

Pastoring by Grace, Section 1

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Part 2 of series: Grace in the Rearview Mirror: A Pastoral Retrospective Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series I’m calling this series on my pastoring Grace in the Rearview Mirror. As I begin to reflect on my […]

Grace in the Rearview Mirror: Introduction

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Part 1 of series: Grace in the Rearview Mirror: A Pastoral Retrospective Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Two weeks from today I will be driving across Arizona on my way to Texas, having said goodbye to […]

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 3
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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 2
The Means of Reconciliation In my last post, I examined one of the very earliest Christian statements of the purpose of Jesus’ death. According to the tradition encapsulated in 1 Corinthians 15, Jesus died “for our sins in accordance with ...

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