November 19, 2017

The Use of the Bible in Pastoral Care (4)

The Use of the Bible in Pastoral Care Part Four: Why do we have the Bible in the first place? What is the Bible? And what is it for? Yesterday’s post highlighted the fact that I have come a long way from some of the common evangelical understandings about how to answer those questions. The […]

The Use of the Bible in Pastoral Care (3)

The Use of the Bible in Pastoral Care Part Three: Drawn to the Religionless These first few posts in this series are autobiographical, tracing my journey as a minister within the world of evangelicalism. I’m doing this with the goal of putting some “flesh” on the subject. In posts to come, we’ll look at some […]

The Use of the Bible in Pastoral Care (2)

The Use of the Bible in Pastoral Care Part Two: A World Between Sundays In part one, I said that my first congregational ministry experience changed something inside me and made me more open to the work of pastoral care. However, I must also admit that a battle about this raged inside me when I […]

The Use of the Bible in Pastoral Care (1)

The Use of the Bible in Pastoral Care Part One: The Birth of a Pastor I have been serving as a hospice chaplain for almost thirteen years now, so my daily work involves visiting those who are in the final season of life, along with their families, friends, and caregivers. Before that, I was in […]

Another Look: The IM Interview with Chaplain Mike (2)

Note from CM: Before I started writing for Internet Monk, Michael Spencer asked me to do an interview about Evangelicals and Pastoral Care for the Dying. I’m working on some upcoming posts about using the Bible in ministry and pastoral care, and in preparation I thought it might be good to revisit this seminal discussion. Today, […]

Another Look: The IM Interview with Chaplain Mike (1)

Note from CM: Before I started writing for Internet Monk, Michael Spencer asked me to do an interview about Evangelicals and Pastoral Care for the Dying. I’m working on some upcoming posts about using the Bible in ministry and pastoral care, and in preparation I thought it might be good to revisit this seminal discussion. • […]

Poetry Week: From an Interview with Eugene Peterson

Note from CM: If you’ve read Internet Monk for any length of time, you know that both Michael Spencer and I have benefited immensely from the work of Eugene Peterson. For many, many reasons, not least of which is Peterson’s love for language and his insistence on rich conversation as a main ingredient of pastoral work. […]

On Pastors and Phone Calls

Interesting piece at Christianity Today, Karl Vater’s blog, called “Why Most Pastors Aren’t Answering Your Phone Calls.” Vaters notes that ministers have a reputation for not being very good at answering or returning phone calls or communications from parishioners, missionaries, and others. He then says, “It’s not because we’re lazy, disorganized or uncaring – not most […]

The kind of preaching I hope to do

I wrote a post on preaching a couple of years ago. I ended that piece with a list of characteristics of the kind of sermons I hope I will be known for preaching. I’ve edited it a bit, and in the light of yesterday’s post, I thought I would run it again today for further discussion. […]

An imbalanced and woefully incomplete description of pastoral ministry

Sometimes the fruit just hangs so low. The target is so close and easy to hit. And Tim Challies provides such opportunities so regularly. When it comes to pastoral ministry, many of the neo-puritan and neo-reformed types revere John MacArthur. There were periods during my pastoral ministry when I read things he wrote, but even […]