The title may sound pretentious if you are not familiar with the historical meaning of the phrase. “Cure” actually means “care”, the Care of Souls. And this is the calling of the pastor, who is an under-shepherd of Christ, the true Cure of Souls, and will one day be accountable for the flock with which he has been entrusted. So I use the title as a reminder to myself of the responsibility to which I have been called.
A good under-shepherd feeds the sheep on Christ, keeping the gospel always before them. This blog will be where I post thoughts on the reading or studying I’m doing, reflect on pastoral circumstances when the reflection might be helpful for the flock to whom I minister, and point my readers to other helpful online resources.
This blog does not constitute my entire ministry. Far from it. I’m an associate pastor in the PCA serving Covenant Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. The vast majority of my ministry is conducted day-to-day, through teaching, pastoral counseling, and prayer. As such, my primary readership on this blog are the folks to whom I minister in person. However, all are welcome here. I hope you gain some benefit from it. If you are not a member of a local church and in regular attendance at weekly worship, I’d encourage you to become so. No online community can replace the Church. You need the ordinary means of grace – the preached Word, the sacraments, and prayer – received in community with the saints in order to grow in your faith. If you’re having trouble finding a church, send me a note at sempereformata [at] yahoo.com and I’ll be happy to help you, wherever you may live.
As for me, I’m an ordained pastor in the Nashville Presbytery, a presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America. I received my ThM in Historical Theology and Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary, studying under Dr. John Hannah. Following that, I completed my year-long pastoral internship at Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas, under a fine pastor by the name of Rob Allen. Raised in the US Air Force, I also served 4 years as an Artillery Officer in the US Army. Then afterward I sold pharmaceuticals for Eli Lilly and Co before attending seminary. I’m married to a wonderful woman and have two beautiful boys.