Midrash Aggadah

A midrash is a rabbinical interpretation of Scripture. This term is sometimes used interchangeably with aggadah. However, aggadah suggests more strongly a story. So when I am using it, I am referring to an interpretation of Scripture that is done in the form of a narrative reworking of a passage. As such, there is filling … Continue reading Midrash Aggadah

That’s Not Really The Point… Ummm Really.

Ed Stetzer recently put a Tweet on the Just a suggestion for husbands: If you're mentioning your wife, refer to her by name, and generally do that first. So, for example, "Donna is...” or "Donna, my wife is...” rather than, "My wife is..." It acknowledges her as a person, in addition to your marriage connection. … Continue reading That’s Not Really The Point… Ummm Really.

Pastoral Diagnosis Part 1

There are a number of different models. Three in the next few posts will be discussed. will be mentioned. The three are Pruyser's Categories of Pastoral Diagnosis (by Paul Pryser), the FHL or Faith, Hope Love model (by Bob and Celia Munson), and the 7x7 Spiritual Assessment by George Fitchett. 1. Pruyser's Pastoral Diagnosis Paul … Continue reading Pastoral Diagnosis Part 1

Benchmarks/Qualifications for an Overseer/Pastoral Counselor

According to I Timothy 3:2-7, an overseer should be ...above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do … Continue reading Benchmarks/Qualifications for an Overseer/Pastoral Counselor