Why The Pastor's Brief?
Does the Christian community (or the rest of humanity) need yet another blog? Short answer: No. There are dozens of men who are more gifted than I, more articulate, and probably more theologically grounded than I am. Not only that, but their material is readily available for any and all who have an internet connection. The objective is not to compete with Tim Challies in the blogosphere or with Al Mohler for his throne over the theological elite (although it would be nice if someone dethroned him). The objective of this blog is simply to feed Christ's sheep.
My desire is for this blog to act as a beacon rather than a destination. I will periodically provide readers with book reviews to inform Christians of helpful tools but also on what to avoid and why. I will post my views on various theological and doctrinal questions to encourage deep thinking and careful reading. And most importantly, I'll share with you from my studies as I prepare to preach verse by verse through God's Holy Word.
I have no illusions of grandeur. I expect my readers to number in the dozens rather than the hundreds. My goal is not to attract a following, but to faithfully point people to Christ through His Word. I carry Paul's charge to Timothy into the pulpit and onto the keyboard:
"I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry." - 2 Timothy 4:1-5 (NASB)