A Door of Hope: Spiritual Conflict in Pastoral Ministry by Robert T. Henderson

By Robert T. Henderson

Present day pastors are in concern, with breakdowns, abuse, confusion, and divorces attaining epidemic proportions. Robert T. Henderson keeps that there's a realm of religious forces which pulls congregations towards demise. His answer is to energise pastors with a biblical figuring out of the church's redemptive participation in Jesus' victory over the cosmic powers. They develop into "a door of hope.".

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When they finished, they were weeping. The three returned to the conference and to their congregations, mostly in silence and with some sadness. Something in them died a little because they had seen the Vision slip a little further from their grasp. They had reminded each other of the Vision, but none of them sensed any real participation in it. A little more of their insides had been sucked out. It seemed so irreversible. These three pastors are a composite of real persons with whom I continue to have vital relationships.

Now something seems so wrong. If they turn back from pastoring, they raise doubts about themselves, God, and the church; they incur the misunderstanding and shaking heads of family and friends. What has happened? What giant waterbug has dissolved one's insides and filled one with frustration, doubt, despair, hopelessness? Does God abandon congregations? Does God abandon pastors? Has God abandoned me? Three friends who graduated from theological school ten years ago came from wholesome Christian backgrounds.

Why is the reality of the dominion of Satan such a scandal to our theological schools? Why is the theology of the church so seldom dealt with in the context of its radical and eschatalogical otherness, its called-out-ness? Why are pastors marched out, master of divinity degrees in hand, Page 24 ready for routine, as though there were no warfare to be fought with the prince of darkness? You, dear pastoral brothers and sisters, sincere, believing, but ill-equipped to fight the spiritual battles in the heavenly places (Eph.

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