Daily Archives: September 14, 2010

On Being An Ordinary Pastor

I’m an ordinary pastor. Believe it or not much less than 100 people call me “pastor” because they see me every Sunday – though I’m grateful that others I see less often still call me pastor. I’ve never written a book, though I am trying to do so. I’ve never spoken in a conference, though I’m open to invites. I sit around pastors with much much larger churches and feel completely inadequate to even be in the same room.

I’m friends with a not so ordinary pastor. He pastor’s one of the larger churches in the city just twenty-five miles north of me. I love to sit down to coffee with him because he doesn’t treat me like I’m less important. We dialogue. We share the types of conversations that every pastor knows about and he claims he appreciates me as much as I appreciate Him.
But still, I was greatly encouraged when I came across this phenomenal post by the gospel coalition which forms the beginning of a project honoring the ordinary pastors. By name when possible.

There is much more at the site, but here’s the part that made a lump form in my throat today.

Common Sense Spiritual Warfare

I’ve been studying Spiritual Warfare for years. John Piper packs more truth into these four minutes than many people get into entire books.

Do you believe in casting out demons? How would you go about it?
I do, and I think there is a steady state, normal way to go about it from 2 Timothy 2:24-26. And I think occasionally there is what David Powlison would call an ekballistic form. David doesn’t think that is the normal way to do ministry, and we may or may not see things eye to eye there. So I would say, occasionally you see a manifestation of demonic power that is so in your face and so…

Read more and see the video after the jump.