November 26, 2015

The historical background for I Thessalonians can be summarized as follows. After leaving Thessalonica, Paul tried to return several times, but Satan thwarted his plans. Therefore, he sent Timothy and Silvanus to strengthen and encourage the church during its time of affliction and to learn about their progress in faith. Timothy has now recently returned to Corinth from Thessalonica with an encouraging report that the church has remained steadfast in its faith despite severe affliction. Overjoyed by this report, Paul writes a paraenetic letter to encourage the Thessalonians in their faith and to remind them of what they already know.

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September 24, 2015

I have been in the pastorate for twenty-two years. Though I am only forty-two, I think that I have enough years of experience to offer some feeble advice for freshmen pastors.

In a season where millennials find the church irrelevant it is so important that we assist them in rediscovering the need for faith and living within an authentic community. This is best done when we work to build relationships. This means work more on building believers and not on building your brand. Or to put it into a biblical context:

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