Encouragement for Pastors and Those Who Care for Them

Month: October 2021

21. Oh, Won’t You Stay

Welcome back to Greatheart’s Table.

As this is published three times each month, on the first, second, and fourth Mondays, there are occasional gaps that allow us to catch our breath. I appreciate your patience.

With this post, I begin what is a three part series on pastoral longevity. Whether you are a pastor or not, I hope you find the content helpful. If so, please subscribe to and review the podcast, but even better, encourage others to listen in as well.

We begin by considering why pastors are tempted to leave their churches, in a post entitled, “Oh, Won’t You Stay.”


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EPISODE NOTES

Notes and resources relevant to this episode:

The REAL story of King David on which this story is adapted is found particularly in 2 Samuel 15 and 16.

On pastoral inner voices, Sinclair Ferguson notes this:
“The children of God hear the whispers of the Evil One: ‘Look, you have sinned. You have broken God’s law. You are under condemnation. You are not qualified to be a believer.’ Nor, surely, is there a gospel minister to whom he has not added the words, ‘. . . far less fit to be a pastor.’”
The Whole Christ (United States: Crossway, 2016), p. 133.

David’s song is from Psalm 55:6.


Podcast music provided by Over the Rhine, and used with permission.
Intro: “All My Favorite People” / Lyrics
Outro: “Called Home” / Lyrics


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20. Uncommon Sources of Sermonic Wisdom

Though this episode is tilted toward those of us who preach, it nevertheless touches upon resources in which we all can delight. Gather around the table and consider what I call “Uncommon Sources of Sermonic Wisdom.”


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EPISODE NOTES

Notes and resources relevant to this episode:

Timothy Keller and Edmund Clowney, “Preaching Christ in a Post-Modern World,” class notes from Reformed Theological Seminary, 2001, page 41.


Podcast music provided by Over the Rhine, and used with permission.
Intro: “All My Favorite People” / Lyrics
Outro: “Called Home” / Lyrics


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19. The Family Practice Pastor

The other day a friend and I were discussing what it was about pastoral ministry that makes it so stressful. He mentioned the fact, which we have addressed in the two previous posts, that everyone expected him to have an opinion on every issue that is being blogged about or debated on cable news.

But we spoke as well about internal pressures, the expectations that churches place on pastors, and the expectations we as pastors accept. We are persuaded we have to be good at everything when in reality, we are generalists.

I’d like to encourage you, especially those pastoring small churches, to remember this, to consider yourself a “Family Practice Pastor.”

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EPISODE NOTES

Notes and resources relevant to this episode:

Timothy Keller and Edmund Clowney, “Preaching Christ in a Post-Modern World,” class notes from Reformed Theological Seminary, 2001, page 120.


Podcast music provided by Over the Rhine, and used with permission.
Intro: “All My Favorite People” / Lyrics
Outro: “Called Home” / Lyrics


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