Paul David Tripp writes: “I was a failure and I was running. I couldn’t imagine a life of pastoral ministry anymore. It had once been a passion, a dream that seemed too good to be true but that passion had now morphed into a burden, one I no longer wanted to bear.” I’m sure that… Continue reading The pastor’s thorn
It hadn’t fully struck me before that Paul’s plans are in fact thwarted on a number of occasions. ~We think most immediately about the occasion in Acts 16:6 where Paul is restricted and forbidden from proclaiming the Gospel in Asia (probably further in to Turkey). However, we also know from Romans 1:13 that he had… Continue reading Thwarted and Frustrated
What should Christians do when they face opposition and persecution? Well, it’s obvious isn’t it? Christians are to persevere, to stand their ground and to suffer. Paul talks about how we learn endurance and faith in suffering whilst Peter tells slaves that it is a good thing to suffer for doing good. So when persecution… Continue reading Is it ever okay to run away?
Psalm 110 is famous as one of the Psalms that clearly points to Christ and is the most quoted Psalm in the New Testament. In this Psalm David writes The Lord says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand,until I make your enemies your footstool. Here, David introduces him to the Lord who speaks to… Continue reading Whose enemies are they anyway? (Reflections on Psalm 110 part 2)