Author: admin
"Irenaeus" comes from the Greek word for "peace." When it came to heresy, this defender of the faith was anything but.
Date posted: Monday, September 10, 2018 - 10:52pm
Author: admin
Family worship needn't be complicated. In fact, according to Donald Whitney, it's as easy as one, two, three.
Date posted: Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 7:00am
Author: admin
Each generation must slay their own theological dragons. Perhaps our children would do well to arm themselves with the help of theologians like Herman Bavinck.
Date posted: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 6:13pm
Author: admin

My car was in the shop this week to fix an evolving A/C apocalypse. When the work was finished, a kind mechanic from the place picked me up to take me to my car. On the way, we talked about the things of God, and he asked me how could God send a good Jewish Rabbi to Hell? After all, he said, the Rabbi is only doing what he was brought up to do; he is doing his best to live up to the light he received.

This is a common objection to the Christian message. It deserves a compelling answer. What would you say? You might try something like this:

Date posted: Friday, January 11, 2019 - 6:03pm
Author: admin

In Scotland there is a blasphemy law on the books. It has been around for hundreds of year. However, the last person to get brought up on blasphemy charges was a couple hundred years ago. Right now there is a debate in the larger society (and it has made its way into the government) as to whether this law should still be part of the Scottish law code.

Date posted: Friday, December 28, 2018 - 12:25am
Author: admin
Date posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 10:29pm
Author: admin
Date posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 10:33pm
Author: admin
Date posted: Monday, December 16, 2019 - 8:58pm
Author: admin
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Date posted: Monday, September 14, 2015 - 11:24am
Author: Timothy Witmer
In February 2018, a smaller group of large church leaders met on Fripp Island, SC, to discuss the possibility of a larger gathering later in the year. After a full day of discussion and prayer, it was agreed to proceed to plan the larger meeting. But would they come? The answer is “yes.”
Date posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 4:22pm
Author: Timothy Witmer
The purpose of the Shepherding the Large Church Conference is to provide a forum for leaders of large churches (800+ members) to share best practices and strategies to shepherd all of the members of their churches.
Date posted: Friday, September 7, 2018 - 2:55pm
Author: Timothy Witmer
When you come right down to it, the heart of shepherding and success in shepherding for that matter, boils down to the importance of relationships.
Date posted: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 12:56pm
Author: Timothy Witmer
Most of us who have been in church leadership for some time understand the frustration of failed efforts in church discipline. Here's how it goes. We learn that a member has left his wife. We reach out to him to see what the circumstances are.
Date posted: Monday, March 7, 2016 - 3:21pm
Author: Timothy Witmer
Lots of ink has been spilled trying to outline the elements of an effective sermon. This is a very important matter to the shepherd who is called to feed the flock.
Date posted: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 4:24pm
Author: Timothy Witmer
Who cares about church membership? If you are a shepherd, you do, of course! I know that it is in vogue these days of “no commitment” to say that membership doesn’t matter. While I could multiply this blog into several points I’m going to boil it down to two perspectives; the leader’s perspective and the perspective of someone in your church. Both arguments for membership can be made from the same text; Hebrews 13:17 where we read: “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.”
Date posted: Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 1:50am
Author: Timothy Witmer
The end of the year is a good time to reflect on God’s faithfulness. It has been a wonderful year for The Shepherd Leader ministry. Here are the developments for which I am most thankful.
Date posted: Monday, January 4, 2016 - 2:49pm
Author: Timothy Witmer
Occasionally in this blog I am going to address things that bug me. Here is the first one: church planters are shepherds, too! It is the first in this category that I write about not because it is the thing that bugs me most but because it came to mind first.
Date posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 2:09pm
Author: Timothy Witmer
I recently had the opportunity consult with elders who are striving to develop a shepherding ministry though they are in the search for a new senior minister. Some might think that they should wait until the new pastor arrives. Don’t wait! This is exactly the right time to begin a shepherding ministry.
Date posted: Monday, November 9, 2015 - 2:00am
Author: Timothy Witmer
The purpose of this blog is to provide an opportunity for me to post material that will be helpful to pastors, elders, and other church leaders (and members) about the subject of pastoral ministry generally and shepherding the flock specifically.
Date posted: Monday, November 2, 2015 - 6:59pm
Author: Timothy Witmer
Five years ago, first time author and Westminster professor Dr. Tim Witmer awaited the release of a book that represented his heart for ministry: The Shepherd Leader. He did not expect the impact it would have. The book sold out within the first few days, and P&R Publishing rushed to fill demand.
Date posted: Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 1:53pm
Author: Timothy Witmer
Date posted: Monday, November 2, 2015 - 12:00am
Author: Timothy Witmer
Date posted: Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 12:00am
Author: Timothy Witmer

Lots of ink has been spilled trying to outline the elements of an effective sermon. This is a very important matter to the shepherd who is called to feed the flock.

Date posted: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 12:00am
Author: Timothy Witmer
Date posted: Monday, November 9, 2015 - 12:00am
Author: Timothy Witmer

Most of us who have been in church leadership for some time understand the frustration of failed efforts in church discipline. Here’s how it goes. We learn that a member has left his wife. We reach out to him to see what the circumstances are.

Date posted: Monday, March 7, 2016 - 12:00am
Author: Timothy Witmer
Date posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 12:00am
Author: Timothy Witmer

When you come right down to it, the heart of shepherding and success in shepherding for that matter, boils down to the importance of relationships. This is quite clear in the dynamic that Jesus established in John 10:14 “I am the good shepherd, and I know my own and my own know me.” 

Date posted: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 12:00am
Author: Timothy Witmer
Date posted: Monday, January 4, 2016 - 12:00am
Author: Timothy Witmer

They came from California, Arizona, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, Virginia, Florida, New York City, St. Louis, Pennsylvania, and, of course, Georgia. Why did they come? They came because they are all leaders of large churches and wanted to consider best practices for shepherding large numbers of people.

Date posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 12:00am
Author: Timothy Witmer

Five years ago, first time author and Westminster professor Dr. Tim Witmer awaited the release of a book that represented his heart for ministry: The Shepherd Leader. He did not expect the impact it would have. The book sold out within the first few days, and P&R Publishing rushed to fill demand.

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Date posted: Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 4:35pm
Author: Jonathan Master
I get to talk with pastors all the time. It's one of the joys and privileges of the work God has given me to do. I've also served as a pastor for ten years - less than many of my brothers, but long enough to experience some of the ups and downs of ministry.
Date posted: Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 12:00am
Author: Jonathan Master
We live in a time of loneliness. It is not because we are isolated. Most people live within a short drive of a city, and those who don't can easily connect with others over the phone or the internet. And yet there is a sense that our technological connection has made use less connected in other ways.
Date posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 12:00am
Author: Jonathan Master
Escapism seems to be everywhere. If you have internet access, try typing "escape" or "escapism" into a search engine. You might not want to visit all the sites that come up in such a search, but what you will see - if you need proof - is that many people seek to escape. Or think about the commercials on TV. Almost every commercial for an airline will talk about escaping.
Date posted: Monday, April 7, 2014 - 12:00am
Author: Jonathan Master
Teaching has its own occupational hazards. Teachers complain about lack of respect and pay. They frequently gripe about the students under their care. Teachers grumble about other teachers. In fact, you can read complaints about any and all of these things from teachers in the ancient world, from medieval tutors, or from almost any teacher in almost any school today.
Date posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 12:00am
Author: Jonathan Master
Paul's letter to the Philippians begins with an expression of confidence. Paul's confidence is ultimately in God. It was God who had begun a good work in the Philippians (Phil 1:6); and it was God's grace that they had been partakers of, along with Paul (Phil 1:7). But when Paul looked at the spiritual fruit produced by God in the Philippian church, one thing stood out: the Philippians had been partners in the gospel, together with Paul.
Date posted: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 12:00am
Author: Jonathan Master
How should Christians act and speak in the midst of this loud and divisive political season? While the websites devoted to politics and news will give you the latest buzz and the minute-by-minute analysis, our approach at Place for Truth will be slightly different. What we’d like to provide is some perspective from the past. Every week, we’ll be posting quotes, outlines, and sketches of important sermons – sermons originally delivered in conjunction with an American election or an American political debate. They’ve been selected and edited by Place for Truth contributor David Hall. We’ll start, appropriately, in 1776.
Date posted: Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 5:08pm
Author: Jonathan Master
Christians are frequently reminded to "remember the reason for Christmas," meaning, of course, that we should turn our attention away from the cultural trappings and to the fact that Jesus was born to Mary in Bethlehem. But this Christmas, perhaps we should fix our attention a little more closely, not just on the details of Jesus' birth, but on the miracle of the incarnation. In so doing, we join a great cloud of Christian witnesses, who have reflected deeply on this glorious mystery.
Date posted: Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 12:00am
Author: Jonathan Master
This week on Theology on the Go, Dr. Jonathan Master is joined by Dr. Liam Goligher, pastor of the historic Tenth Presbyterian Church in downtown Philadelphia, PA. As pastor of Tenth Presbyterian, Dr. Goligher has done much thinking and teaching on the topic of missions, and how Christians are to reach the lost. This installment of Theology on the Go gives a glimpse of some of that teaching as Dr. Goligher chats with Jonathan about the doctrine of missions. Listen in as Jonathan and Liam discuss this very important topic.
Date posted: Monday, December 1, 2014 - 12:00am
Author: Jonathan Master
About two weeks ago, I had the privilege of co-chairing an Alliance conference, the Princeton Regional Conference on Reformed Theology. Our main speakers were Alistair Begg and Ian Hamilton, and the topic was God's providence. What a wonderful topic for reflection!
Date posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 12:00am
Author: Jonathan Master
Omnipotent is one of the many words which appear in the older versions of the English Bible, but not in the more modern ones. It is also part of the vocabulary of our hymns, but is rarely employed in more modern choruses and Christian songs. It is a word which can only be applied to God Himself. When used of God, it refers to fact that He is all-powerful, that He is unconstrained by any outside force; He can do anything consistent with His character.
Date posted: Monday, October 27, 2014 - 12:00am
Author: Jonathan Master
Yesterday, I had the privilege of addressing a chapel full of students on the subject of their spiritual lives. The title which I was assigned was taken from an address given over 100 years ago by B.B. Warfield, "The Religious Life of Theological Students."
Date posted: Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 12:00am

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