June 2, 2020

iMonk Classic: Those Magnificent Young Men in Their Pastoring Machines (2)

Part two of a series on pastoral ministry, featuring a classic post by Michael Spencer Those Who Can’t, Teach My own seminary training was an example. I came from a church where the pastor was the preacher. His primary task was to pray, prepare and preach. Beyond that, pastoral care of the flock was expected, […]

iMonk Classic: Those Magnificent Young Men In Their Pastoring Machines (1)

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Undated Note: This week, in an effort to give special focus on pastoral ministry in the local church, we will be running Michael Spencer’s seminal post on the the subject, originally published in the first year of Internet Monk. This is a long article, so we will be spreading […]

Is It a Pastor?

By Chaplain Mike The goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. – 1Tim 1:5, NASB I have made my views known early and often on the subject of pastoral care, pastoral visitation, and relational pastoral ministry here at Internet Monk. In my opinion, such […]

IM Book Review: This Odd and Wondrous Calling

By Chaplain Mike I’ve been waiting for this book a long, long time. Finally, here is a book that paints a clear picture of what pastors actually do, what serving as a minister in a congregational setting is actually like, and what we actually think and feel about our calling and our work and how […]

Conditions Ripe for Catechesis

By Chaplain Mike In the preface to Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, the Reformer describes the conditions of Biblical and theological understanding among the people of his day. Martin Luther, to all faithful and godly pastors and preachers: grace, mercy, and peace be yours in Jesus Christ, our Lord. The deplorable, miserable conditions which I recently […]

A Most Biblical Practice, Largely Forgotten (1)

By Chaplain Mike My son, do not forget my teaching, But let your heart keep my commandments; For length of days and years of life And peace they will add to you. Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. • Proverbs […]

iMonk Classic: Lessons from a Lousy Referee

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From Sept 13, 2008 Note from CM: Since this is our national sports “holy week,” I thought I’d re-post one of Michael’s rare excursions into the use of sports to illustrate a spiritual point. I’m not usually the guy with sports illustrations, but this one couldn’t be passed up. […]

Children’s Sermon: Jesus’ Blessing Is Here for You

By Chaplain Mike I like the children’s sermon in a worship service. Many have suggested that adults usually get more out of it than they do the pastor’s sermon! I’ve heard my share of them over the years, good and bad. The best ones were simple, short, and directed to the imagination. It’s obviously wise […]

Fear Not, Little Flock

By Chaplain Mike Last Sunday, my wife and I entered the side door of the old church building. The small entryway had a few steps that led up to two vintage oak doors. The one on the left led to the back corner of the sanctuary. Next to it, the right door led to an […]

Ajith Fernando on Pastoral Ministry

By Chaplain Mike In contrast to the “Disneyized” bigger, better, event and attraction oriented approach of much that we call “ministry” today, there are pastors who understand the importance of daily faithfulness, quiet consistency, regular personal interaction with those in their congregations, and ministry activities like pastoral visitation and encouraging people to fulfill their vocations […]