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In today's episode we get really personal. How does a pastor know if or when he should resign? The average tenure of a pastor is between 5-7 years, so this is an issue a lot of churches and pastors wrestle with and walk through. Ben and Chris share some personal stories about their experiences in this area, as well as give some advice to a pastor or a church that finds themselves asking these same questions.
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Welcome to a new episode of the Front Pew! We really appreciate you listening! Today we are discussing a couple of important current events dominating the cultural conversation. First, today is the day of the big eclipse. Don't look at it without glasses or you'll go blind! We talk about why the Christian community is so interested in this event, especially when someone suggests that it could be a sign that the end of the world is near.
Second, we wade into a discussion about the recent events in Charlottesville, VA, where a white nationalist group marched in protest of the removal of a Confederate statue, and their clash with those who met in opposition to them. It has reminded us that there are serious issues in the human heart and in our culture when it comes to the sin of racism. How should we respond as Christians, and as pastors?
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Enjoy the eclipse!
It's that time of year when students are returning back to school after their summer break. With that in mind, we thought we would talk about the need for pastors to "study to show themselves approved," and to position themselves to be lifelong learners. Ministry in this day and age is more complex and complicated than ever, and we are being forced to understand and grapple with cultural ideas that we couldn't have imagined 10-20 years ago. So, we dig into topics such as: should pastors go to seminary or is the Holy Spirit enough? If they do, how do they survive? How can they continue to grow as a learner after seminary?
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Welcome to a new episode of the Front Pew! This week we are talking about the practice of altar calls, or what is know as "the invitation." Is this biblical? Is it ok? What about emotionalism and manipulation? Should this be a part of our worship services?
To help us think through this, Chris interviewed Dr. Thomas Kidd who is a history professor at Baylor University, and is way, way, way smarter than any of us on the podcast. His insights are very helpful, and we hope that you find them to be so as well.
We had a fun time chatting through this important topic! Our prayer is that you will laugh with us and be encouraged in your ministry as we all seek to serve Jesus well.
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Music: "Softly and Tenderly," Johnny Cash
Welcome to a new, but delayed, episode of the Front Pew! Our summer schedules have finally crossed us up, and we just weren't able to get an episode done by Monday. So, that you for your patience!
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We knew the summer might be rough with our schedule to put out a fresh episode each week, so we thought that when necessary we would share a sermon from one of us. This week we offer a sermon preached by Chris a few years ago at Southeastern Baptist Theological seminary. Before the sermon, Chris and Matt talk a little bit about preaching then the sermon rolls out. The text is Mark 14:66-72 which deals with Peter's denial of Christ. The title is "Failure and Grace," and our hope is that you will be encouraged in the gospel as you listen!