Your motive matters

Almost three decades ago, when I was a first or second-year seminary student, a retired pastor in our congregation pulled me to the side in the foyer one Sunday morning.  “I have a question for you,” he said.  And pointing his finger somewhat aggressively towards me, he asked, “why do you do what you do?” […]

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Ministry motives

I was in my first or second or second year of seminary when a retired pastor and an elder in our church stopped me in the hallway between Sunday School and the worship service. “I want to ask you a question.  Why do you do what you do?  Why are you wanting to be in […]

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