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Nothing makes me shrink back from holy ambition and the good fight of ministry like preaching a funeral.
The other day I was taking Bill to a birthday party at an unfamiliar location and as we drove around looking for the exact spot, Bill kept up a running monologue of doubt and fear: "What if we made a wrong turn?
One of the books from my dad's library which I received after his death in 2007 was this one:
He had his assistant use this book to keep a personal record of the various aspects of his pastoral ministry through the years, starting with his ordination in 1950.
Perhaps . . . [the Western church] has drunk so deeply at the well of modern Western materialism that it simply does not know what to do with such cries and regards them as little short of embarrassing.