Author Archives: David Huffstutler

Overcoming the Daily Pressure of Pastoral Anxiety

Overcoming the Daily Pressure of Pastoral Anxiety

What pastor worth more than his weight in salt does not feel the daily pressure of pastoral anxiety? And how do we as pastors overcome this daily tension that we sometimes feel so deeply in our souls? Paul actually describes this anxiety and its pressure in 2 Corinthians 11:28. By considering this verse and others,… Continue Reading

Do We Have Personal Angels?

Do We Have Personal Angels?

In Acts 12:15, the Christians praying for Peter could not accept that Peter had somehow been released from prison (cf. Acts 12:6–11). When Rhoda announced that Peter was at the door, “They said to her, ‘You are out of your mind.’ But she kept insisting that it was so, and they kept saying, ‘It is… Continue Reading

What Is the Call to Be a Pastor?

What Is the Call to Be a Pastor?

I wrote last week on the desire to be a pastor, primarily from 1 Timothy 3:1, but also from other passages that shed light on the matter. As a follow-up, I thought it would be helpful to ask the question, “What is the call to be a pastor?” and clarify what it is and what… Continue Reading

Every Pastor’s Greatest Desire

Every Pastor’s Greatest Desire

What does it mean to desire to be a pastor? Granted, this desire is only properly present and fulfilled when joined to a giftedness to teach and administrate, a godly character, and the confirmation of the church in ordaining such a man (cf. 1 Tim 3:2–7). Without these qualifications, one’s desire should actually be for… Continue Reading

Discipling Younger Men: A Personal Testimony

Discipling Younger Men: A Personal Testimony

Over the last three weeks, I dished out the meat and potatoes of what made for a workshop that I presented a conference near my church. (Click here if you’d like a PDF of the notes.) I know I said it was a three-part series, but I thought it would be helpful to give a… Continue Reading

More Principles for Discipling Younger Men

More Principles for Discipling Younger Men

Note: This is part 3 of 3 of a series, “Discipling Younger Men.” Last week, we looked at five principles for discipling younger men. Here are five more to end this brief look at how an older man can disciple younger men. Teach younger men the Word of God, encourage them to uphold it, and… Continue Reading

Principles for Discipling Younger Men

Principles for Discipling Younger Men

Note: This is part 2 of 3 of a series, “Discipling Younger Men.” Last week, we explored the ages of Timothy and Paul. They were about 30 years apart, being 50 and 20 when they came together for ministry. With the relationship of Paul and Timothy in mind, let’s walk through their lives as Scripture… Continue Reading

America’s Gay Messiah?

America’s Gay Messiah?

“If me being gay was a choice, it was a choice that was made far, far above my pay grade…. And that’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand. That if you got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me — your quarrel, sir, is… Continue Reading

And First Place for Christian Convert Goes to….

And First Place for Christian Convert Goes to….

If you had the opportunity to give the gospel to only twenty people, who would be on your list? Who would be “first place” on your list of hopefuls for salvation? Please don’t misunderstand—I am not advocating giving the gospel to only those who you like or those who are like you. Such a narrow… Continue Reading

Epaphras: An Example for Prayer

Epaphras: An Example for Prayer

In closing his letter to the Colossians, Paul gave some greetings, including one from Epaphras: “Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God” (Col 4:12 ESV). As simple… Continue Reading

The Sad Case of Simon the Magician: A Warning to Us All

The Sad Case of Simon the Magician: A Warning to Us All

Acts 8:1–25 records the great persecution of the church by Saul and the consequent spread of the gospel to Samaria through Philip. “Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ” (Acts 8:5), and “there was much joy in that city” (Acts 8:8; cf. 8:6–7).1 Prior to Philip’s coming, “a… Continue Reading

Like an Angel: The Shining Face of Stephen

Like an Angel: The Shining Face of Stephen

What did it mean that Stephen’s “face was like the face of an angel” (Acts 6:15), and why did it look this way? We first meet Stephen as a deacon, “a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 6:5). He was appointed to coordinate meals for widows (cf. Acts 6:1–7), but he… Continue Reading

The Origin of Deacons: Acts 6:1–7

The Origin of Deacons: Acts 6:1–7

Does Acts 6:1–7 tell us anything about deacons, technically speaking? After all, the word deacon is not used, some of the seven men appointed to ministry also preached (Stephen and Philip), and the seven’s appointment was for a singular task, not serving the church’s tangible needs as a whole. While such a description may push… Continue Reading

The Doctrine of Winter

The Doctrine of Winter

Where I live, we just had several inches of snow. Not only does the Bible say a few things about snow itself, but it also uses several wintry analogies to teach us truths and lessons to live by today. Winter’s Origin, Purpose, and Duration God created winter (Gen 8:22; Ps 74:17) so that we would… Continue Reading