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The Theology of Death (Part 2): Informing Our Response

In our first post, The Theology of Death (Part 1): Informing our Perspective we outlined a biblical view of death. That is how we as Christians should think about death. In summary form, we made the following points: Death is an enemy. Death was conquered by Christ. We have nothing to fear. God is sovereign … Continue reading


The Pastor’s Toolbox by Gary Chaffins

As a young pastor, I am constantly looking for resources to help me to grow in my understanding and effectiveness in the ministry. Recently, I ran across the book “Practical Wisdom For Pastors” by Curtis C. Thomas. I immediately took note of the following summary: “As a pastor your job is filled with blessings and … Continue reading

The Theology of Death (Part 1): Informing Our Perspective by Gary Chaffins

It was June of last year when my family received the dreadful news that Dad had been diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma (Kidney Cancer). Unfortunately, the discovery itself came too late for treatment as it had already spread throughout his body and was considered to be at Stage 4. Although I knew things were serious, … Continue reading


Best Books of 2015

There are far too many books published every year for a single person to read them all, and those involved in pastoral ministry have limited time. So, here at SOPC we thought to give you some recommendations from our area pastors on the best books from this year to check out. This may help to narrow your … Continue reading

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Review: Gospel-Conversations by Robert Kellemen

I often tell my students that the best Biblical Counselors are those who have received good Biblical counseling. Dr. Robert Kellemen believes the same thing. “We learn to become competent biblical counselors by giving and receiving biblical counseling in the context of real and raw Christian community” (17). In Gospel Conversations, he applies this premise to the discipline … Continue reading


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