Preaching from The Soul

I came across this verse in my morning reading.  I thought it very appropriate for those of us who pastor a church.

“Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul.” (Psalm 66:16)

Our preaching, at least to some measure, needs to be autobiographical.  We can’t take God’s Word and run it only through our mind before we deliver it to those we serve.  We also must let the scripture flow through our heart and soul.


Welcome to the launching of this blog, A Pastor’s Heart. This is to be a meeting place, a community of men and women who share a common calling, passion, joy, and, yes, sometimes, burden – that of pastor.

Much is written about churches and pastors but little about the pastor’s heart. Yet, this part of the pastoral anatomy is of utmost interest to the One whom we serve. We are reminded thatthe Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart, (1 Samuel 16:7) and that “He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.” (2 Corinthians 4:5) With His help and the help of each other we can begin now this process of bringing to light what is hidden in darkness and the exposing of motives.

This blog is to be a gathering place of hearts. It is a place to share honestly and openly. Because this gathering place is on the web the door is always open for anyone to eavesdrop, perhaps someone from your congregation! To encourage honesty and openness we must allow for anonymous participation. It is not important for us to share our names, just our hearts.

So, welcome! To get the conversation started why not reply by sharing a heart condition you’re dealing with in your ministry. Let’s help each other get a heart check-up!