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Pastoral Epistles

The Man of God Must Be “Temperate,” part 1 (meaning)

  This post is the 3rd in a series on the Biblical qualifications for a pastor. In this post, I’ll focus mostly on getting to what I think Paul meant when he used this word. In the next post on… Continue Reading →

Faithful In His Marriage

  In a culture saturated with immorality, Paul calls for radical conformity to God’s original plan: one man and one woman in a one-flesh relationship for life. This post is the 2nd in a series on the qualifications for the… Continue Reading →

The Big Three (or, why do what we do?)

If you aim at nothing, it has often been said, you will hit it every time. And if you don’t know where you are going, you are certain to end up there.

Why Stick It Out?

As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies (1 Timothy 1:3-4a, ESV) Isn’t… Continue Reading →

Why Preachers (Especially) Need Mercy

Grace, mercy, and peace. “Grace and peace” is a normal greeting for Paul, but isn’t it interesting that only in the Pastorals does this third word, mercy, show up in his greeting?

What does “blameless” mean?

*This post is the first in a series on the qualifications for the overseer/elder in 1 Timothy and in Titus. The qualifications Paul lists in 1 Timothy 3 focus on blameless living, teaching ability, and godly administration of the household. Paul’s… Continue Reading →

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