Pastors are in the Fall Guest Blog by Nick Vasiliades

Pastors are in the Fall

Pastors are in the Fall

The expression of pastoral ministry in the church can tend to aggregate at extremes in the Body of Christ. On the one hand you can have pastors who are oppressed by domineering and controlling board members and elders, whose mission in life seems to be to be to break pastors down and keep them in poverty. On the other hand, you can have pastors who think themselves as demi-gods at the top of a pyramid hierarchy who think people are little more than resources given by God to them to fulfill carnal ambition rooted in insecurity and thinly veiled as “corporate vision.” In Part One here, by my friend, Nick Vasiliades, explains why fundamental values and ideas in most western churches of how pastors are expected to function are the underlying reasons for so many misconceptions and malpractice of one of the necessary, precious, and legitimate gifts of the resurrected and ascended Lord to His church. Is it possible to be a supernaturally gifted “carer of souls” and avoid reactionary expressions? Yes, but not as long as we cling to biblically baseless definitions, values, and expressions of pastoral ministry.

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Tips For Healthy Scripture Study Habits How to Avoid Being Spiritually Misled

Tips for Good Scripture Study Habits

Tips for Good Scripture Study Habits

In response to my post regarding apostolic and prophetic insanity, blogger MC Lang asked a very good question. MC asked what can be done to equip one’s self to be a disciplined student of scripture.  Short of getting a formal education that can cost tens of thousands of dollars, there are some things we can do to help ourselves avoid being spiritually misled. These are not necessarily listed in any priority, except the first item.  I  believe it is the most important thing I have learned in my life regarding  healthy study of scripture.

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