The Pastor who tries hard and the one who doesn’t.

Overwhelmed, sitting in his office, the pastor is at a loss for an answer. His parishioners come to him one by one and two by two asking difficult questions. He studied for many years and thought he knew the answers.  But the people are not coming to Christ.  What has he done wrong, he asked?  The burden is on his shoulders. The church is not growing in numbers. His life’s mission of evangelism is failing.

Blessed by visits from his parishioners, the pastor is thrilled to point them to the Scriptures for answers. They come in droves and the answers come likewise. He studied for many years and knows that he cannot know answers but those given from God.  That the people do not come to Christ does not detract from his preaching of the Gospel, but urges him ever onward. The Gospel and it’s power bellows from his voice. His life’s mission is that of all Christians; proclaim the glory of God and the love of Jesus Christ, the one who failed not in his mission.


About douglasdouma

I am a husband to beautiful wife, an ordained minister in the Reformed Presbyterian Church - Hanover Presbytery, and founder of Sola - Appalachian Christian Retreat ( In addition to blogging at this site I am the author of The Presbyterian Philosopher - The Authorized Biography of Gordon H. Clark (Wipf&Stock, 2017) and compiling editor of Clark and His Correspondents: Selected Letters of Gordon H. Clark (Trinity Foundation, 2017). I have a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering (University of Michigan), a master's in business administration (Wake Forest University) and a master of divinity (Sangre de Cristo Seminary). I'm an avid hiker, having completed a northbound thru-hike of the Appalachian trail in 2013 and the first 500 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2016.
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