Pik – A – Pastor (A Good Laugh)

HT For Picture: Georg Warnecke

While we can get a good laugh from the previous cartoon, this causes us to ask the more serious question, “What ‘is’ the role of the pastor?” We can also ask, “What should congregations expect from pastors?”

To answer these questions, check out the following posts:

Post #1: Segment From Issues, Etc.
Advice For Pastors: Preach The Cross Not The Christian

Post #2: A Message From Rev. David Petersen To Seminarians
Words Of Wisdom For The Pastor

Post #3: A Sermon On Ezekiel 2:1-5 From Pastor Richard
Understanding The Role Of The Pastor


About Pastor Matt Richard

Rev. Dr. Matthew Richard is the pastor at Zion Lutheran Church of Gwinner, ND. He was previously a Senior Pastor in Sidney, Montana, an Associate Pastor of Spiritual Care and Youth Ministries in Williston, North Dakota, and an Associate Pastor of Children and Youth in Rancho Cucamonga, California. He received his undergraduate degree from Minot State University, ND and his M.Div. from Lutheran Brethren Seminary, MN. His doctor of ministry thesis, from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, was on exploring the journey of American Evangelicals into Confessional Lutheran thought. Pastor Richard is married to Serenity and they have two children. He enjoys fishing, pheasant hunting, watching movies, blogging, golfing, spending time with his family and a good book with a warm latte! To check out more articles by Pastor Matt you can visit his personal blog at: www.pastormattrichard.com.


Pik – A – Pastor (A Good Laugh) — 6 Comments

  1. Pastors are ordained and called to preach the Word and administer the Sacraments.

    Members (and the Pastor is also a member of the congregation) should not expect to have (or be) an “adult playground” director. Most congregations have adequate numbers of business people, to handle those affairs, too.
    If the Pastor will concentrate on his vocations as Pastor to his own flock, family man (whether parents and siblings or wife and children or both), & continuing student of the Word, that is all that can be asked of him. He will be more than busy.

  2. A pastor dialoging with Rod Rosembladt outlined 3 things to see if a sermon has the Gospel

    “sermon diagnostic to see if Christ is at the center of the sermon”

    1) how many times is christ mentioned?

    2) is Jesus the subject of the verbs (a sort of Nagel sorta thing)

    3) what are the verbs? saves etc or motivates etc.

    So what could possibly be missing from this?

    it is this fact:

    “The preaching of Christ Crucified is the most terrifying Law where Christ himself is taking the Law into his own hands aimed at our heart”

    (FC SD Law and Gospel)

    “We go to the Supper to learn to be horrified at our sins” (chistian questions and answers, small catechism)

    This tells us that those 3 diagnostics will verify that our pastor is doing the outward discipline and Good Work that God demands of him. It will show us that at least what the Apology calls “historical faith” is being taught. And we are told that satan also has this historical faith.

    It is ALONE the preaching of Two Words “given and shed FOR YOU!” that is the Gospel and power of the HS to plant faith into our hearts. It is an unconditional preaching that is always bound up and accompanied by a Law preaching of repentence.

    And that Law preaching of repentence is to unveil the Law to remove the opinion of the Divine Law in Reason that we can satisfy the Law by something our limbs, mind or emotions can DO.

    I would suggest that even in issues etc, this is a very very important thing that is missing.

  3. Augsburg Confession (Kolb-Wengert):

    “[IV. Concerning Justification]
    Furthermore, it is taught that we cannot obtain forgiveness of sin and righteousness before God through our merit, work, or satisfactions, but that we receive forgiveness of sin and become righteous before God out of grace for Christ’s sake through faith when we believe that Christ has suffered for us and that for his sake our sin is forgiven and righteousness and eternal life are given to us. For God will regard and reckon this faith as righteousness in his sight, as St. Paul says in Romans 3[:21–26] and 4[:5].

    “[V. Concerning the Office of Preaching]
    To obtain such [saving] faith God instituted the office of preaching, giving the gospel and the sacraments. Through these, as through means, he gives the Holy Spirit who produces faith, where and when he wills, in those who hear the gospel. It teaches that we have a gracious God, not through our merit but through Christ’s merit, when we so believe.
    Condemned are the Anabaptists and others who teach that we obtain the Holy Spirit without the external word of the gospel through our own preparation, thoughts, and works.”

    This ain’t rocket science–it’s very straightforward. Not easy. Just plain-spoken, and clear.

  4. Win :Augsburg Confession (Kolb-Wengert):

    I was under the impression that the Kolb-Wengert edition of the BOC was frowned upon on Confessional Lutheran websites. 🙂

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