- We lost a paradise by sin,
and have gained a heaven by the cross.
Stephen Charnock (1628-80)
Until sin be bitter,
Christ will not be sweet.
Thomas Watson (1668)
The cross once seen
is death to every vice.
William Cowper (1835)
The tear of repentance is shed by the eye of faith, and faith, as it weeps, stands beneath the cross.
Horatius Bonar? (1880s)
Let them that will, repent, that Christ may do for them.
I believe what Christ hath done for me, that I may repent.
Thomas Boston (1720s)
A discovery of Christ
in the light of the Spirit,
wastes, weakens and withers
the body of sin.
Ebenezer Erskine (1730s)
If you will remember Christ's love, you will be lifted up from your crookedness, and made straight.
C.H. Spurgeon (1890)
Live in Christ, die in Christ, and then flesh need not fear death.
John Knox (1572)
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Tag Archives: Ministry Burnout
Before training for ordination in the Church of England, I worked for over 12 years in engineering. One of the transferable “skills” I now use as a vicar is the weekly timesheet. Until last year, I kept track of how … Continue reading
When it comes to getting everything done as a vicar, I do not only have the self-generated teaching, counselling and training ministries which I do, but I have many requests for time from other people. When it comes to organising … Continue reading
I’ve posted a number of times on this blog on the subject of ministry burnout (if you would like to read about the symptoms and the solutions please read Avoiding Ministry Burnout and The Road to Ministry Burnout I also … Continue reading
I have posted many times on the matter of ministry burnout. Much of my training as a curate focused on the ways and means to avoid burnout. I think I believed that if I put the principles into practice that … Continue reading
I’ve had a pretty rough six months or so in ministry such that by Christmas I was clinging on by my fingernails. I had lost sight of God and wondered if he’d forgotten to be merciful (Ps 77:1-9). I clung … Continue reading
The work of the pastor is never done. There are always more needs abounding than there is time to meet them all. These needs are practical, relational and theological. People need a helping hand to do things, to fix broken … Continue reading
I’ve always had an interest in the life of Thomas Boston who was born in Duns, just 24 miles from where I grew up in Melrose. His ministry in Ettrick, which began in 1707, must have influenced the culture of … Continue reading