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Topic: Pastors

Episode Topic Audio

2021-06-09
Ruling One's Home as a Home: Regarding the qualifications for elders, what is meant by "ruling one's home", and when should a pastor (or elder) step down if his home is out of control in some measure? [I Timothy 3:4].
"Right in Their Own Eyes": Regarding the concept of being, "right in one's own eyes", I always thought it was a bad thing, are you saying it is a good thing? [Judges 17:6].


2021-05-12
Christians Who Support Abortion: How can true Christians support abortion? [John 4:24].
Political Pastors: What is this movement of political pastors who only stir up anger on political issues?


2021-04-05
Various Views in the Jerusalem church: What are the different views of those in the Jerusalem church?
Senior Pastors in the Jerusalem Church: How did the hierarchy of the Jerusalem church compare to those that would be considered senior pastors in churches today? [Galatians 2:12, Acts 15, Matthew 23:8].


2021-03-22
Those That "Rule Over" Us: Could you talk about those in authority and how they are to "rule over" us-those in government, institutional church, home church, and how it relates to our own souls? [Hebrews 13:17, Hebrews 13:7, Hebrews 13:24].



2021-03-11
Women Teaching Men: Could you help me with this passage about women teaching men and if it is applicable to us today? [I Timothy 2:9-12, Genesis 2-3, Timothy 3].
Elders & Overseers: Do you make a distinction between "elders" and "overseers"? [Titus 1:5], Acts 20:17-28, I Peter 5:1-2, Matthew 20:27].


2021-01-13
How to Study the Bible: What is the best way to get familiar with and study the Bible (rec: go through the Bible at TheNarrowPath.com)?
Responsibility of the Overseers: What does Acts 20:28 mean regarding the responsibility of the overseers for the church? [Acts 20:28, Matthew 20:25-27, Matthew 23:8-9].


2020-12-17
One's Desire or One's Calling to Ministry: If scripture indicates that when it is one's desire to be a pastor, it is a good thing, then how is that contrasted to one who is called to it? [I Timothy 3:1, Titus 1].



2020-12-02
Requirements for Spiritual Leaders (Pastors, Ministers, Preachers) in Churches: Is there any requirements for spiritual leaders, if they have been divorced or formerly fallen to sin, but repented? [I Timothy 3, Titus 1].



2020-11-17
Pastoral Salary or Support: How is a young pastor with small children to be supported, if they are not paid? [Matthew 10:8, Philippians 4:11-13, Acts 8:20].



2020-11-12
A Minister Who Goes on State Subsidized Furlough: What do you think about a pastor who is going on a state subsidized furlough because the church can't pay him? It seems that ministry should not require either retirement, leave or salary at all.
A Better Prayer Life: I desire a better, longer, and more devoted prayer life as many great men of God in the past. Can you direct me?


2020-09-01
Paul's Teaching's Commandments or Not: Caller comments on Paul's teaching as if they are a commandments, but says they are a vision, instead. [I Corinthians 14:14-36].



2020-08-04
Questioning the Authority of the Pastor: Am I obligated to follow our pastor without question?



2020-07-29
Struggling with the Wealth of Pastors: I am struggling with reconciling the wealth of some of my favorite pastors, such as, Charles Stanley and Chuck Swindoll? Can you help?



2020-07-07
Politics in Church: What do you think about pastors teaching about politics every Sunday in church?



2020-06-04
Word of Faith and Wealthy Ministers: What is wrong with the Word of Faith (Name it and Claim it, Health & Wealth) ministers making a lot of money, like Benny Hinn, and Kenneth Copeland, etc.? [Luke 12:48, I Timothy 6, Acts 3:6].



2020-05-18
Pastors & Government Compliance: Is a pastor a servant of the state and should he be complying with government control?



2020-04-20
Divorced & Remarried Pastor: Can a pastor who has divorced and remarried be a pastor? [Matthew 5:32, 19:3-12, I Timothy 3:2]



2020-03-25
Why a Sermon on Sunday: Why do we gather once a week to listen to someone give a sermon, when it would be more beneficial to have a conversation? [Acts 2].



2020-03-17
Denying Christ: One must keep in mind our public witness if we ever deny Christ, even if it was to save someone.
Greek Interpretation & Elders, Pastors, Teachers: The Greek words (such as "kai") can be interpreted in more than one way, so what is the guide for determining which meaning is meant, as in the passages about elders, pastors & teachers? [Ephesians 4:11, I Peter 2:25, Galatians 6:16, I Timothy 3].


2020-03-13
LDS View-Unbroken Chain: How do you respond to the very important LDS view that one must have someone lay hands on them from an unbroken chain in order to be filled with the Holy Spirit, or baptize others?
Qualifications for Church Leadership: What do you think the scriptural qualifications are for starting or leading a church? [I Timothy 3, Titus 1].


2020-02-07
Marriage of Clergy: Why are Protestant ministers allowed to marry, and the Catholic priests are not? [I Corinthians 7:9, I Timothy 3, Titus].



2020-01-31
Study Bibles: What would be recommend as the best study Bible? And which ones should I avoid?
Approaching Church About Improving: What is the best way to inform your church leadership about your concern for heightening their ministry and help me grow?


2019-10-25
Very Young Pastor: What do you think of a very young youth pastor?
Men & Women Separated at Church: What do you think of men & women being separated into separate Bible studies? [Titus 2].


2019-10-24
Church Hierarchy & Lead Pastors: Is there any scriptural support for lead pastors? [Philippians 1:1, I Timothy 3, 3 John, Acts 20, I Peter 5, James 5].



2019-07-01
Qualification for Elders: What is the obligation of a church to re-accept and elder who was discharged for teaching false doctrine once he has repentant and wants to return to service?



2019-05-24
Wood, Hay, Stubble What if we have a pastor who has a church service that is designed to entertain? {1 Corinthians 3:15}



2019-05-20
Seminary: Do you have to go to seminary?



2019-04-26
Spirit of Condemnation in Church Fellowships: The expectations some pastors and church bodies place on their attendees are very disheartening, how does one handle this? [Deuteronomy 25:4, II Corinthians 6:14, I Timothy 5:18, I Corinthians 9:9, II Corinthians 6:14, Galatians 6:1-10, Matthew 10:6, Hebrews 10:25].



2019-02-11
Church Government: What is the best form of church polity, elders, overseers, & so on?
Bible Manuscripts: Why are some manuscripts considered so much better than others by some, especially KJV only types?


2019-01-29
John Vernon McGee: What do you think of John Vernon Mcgee? He says we are going to rapture up before the tribulation, but before we are raptured, we have to hear the trumpet sound. What do you say? [Revelation 1:10



2018-11-20
Methodist allowing Gay Clergy: Caller's church is coming up with a plan to allow same sex married people in the clergy. What does Steve think about that?



2018-11-14
Elder, Bishop, Overseer & Pastor: Are the terms elder, bishop, overseer & pastor all the same words?



2018-11-05
Peter denying Jesus: Didn't Peter depar from Christ for awhile, but he didn't lose his salvation or apostatize, did he?
Qualifications for being an Elder: Women Pastor qualifications [1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9]


2018-07-23
Pastors receiving a Salary: Should pastors receive a salary? [Matthew 10]



2018-07-17
Church Organization What is the role of leaders and the general hierarchy of organized church? I know you don't believe in Church Membership. [1 Timothy 3, Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12]



2018-07-03
Preachers & Teachers Learning New Knowledge: Do preachers & teachers need to continue to study & grow in their Biblical insights? Do they need to be presenting new insights, new knowledge, from God?
Going to Seminary: Do you think pastors/teachers need/should go to Seminary for their training? [Luke 2:41-50]


2018-05-25
Pastor Neglecting His Duties: My pastor doesn't seem to really be doing his job. He travels a lot, not caring about his parishioner that much.



2018-04-05
Ministers Living High on the Hog: Ministers that are living in luxury, how is that okay?



2018-03-27
Pastor having Authority: Pastor seems to have no humility & thinks he has more authority & has a better understanding than others. What do you think? [Matthew 20:25-26, Hebrews 13:17]



2018-03-06
Gift of Ruling: The gift of ruling, how does this work, how was it done in the apostolic era? The only person I think of as my Ruler is Jesus! [Romans 12:8]



2018-02-20
Abortion in Numbers 5: Is the passage in Numbers 5 describing an abortion? [Numbers 5:11-31]
Appointing Someone to a Church Position: Should you appoint qualified people when there is an open position in a church organization?


2018-01-23
Church Leaders & Their Children: What if leaders in the church do not have believing children? [Titus 1:6]



2018-01-01
Vocational or NonVocational Pastors: Should pastors have a 9-5 job in addition to their pastoral duties?



2017-11-29
Wealthy Pastors: Pastors who have a lot of money in their accounts, charging for the ministry.



2017-11-28
Pastor's Role: Pastors, shepherds of churches, can you describe their Biblical role?



2017-11-15
Healing: Doesn't this passage of Scripture mean that if elders come & pray for you that you will be healed? [James 5:14-15]



2017-11-09
Church Leadership: Church leader performed the ceremony of his daughter who was guilty of an adulterous relationship & got divorced. He remarried her without Biblical grounds.



2017-10-16
Women in Ministry I would like to know the reasons why a woman is not allowed to be a pastor or elder. Do you know the reasons? [1 Timothy 2:11-15]
Church Traditions & Customs & Head Coverings: What can you tell me about church traditions & customs, especially involving head coverings for women? [1 Corinthians 11:2-16]
Communion & Agape Feasts: The Early Church had real agape feasts for communion instead of just a token bread & wine like nowadays.

2017-10-12
Church Authority: Who has the final word of what is truth? Is the pastor the "dictator" of the church?



2017-10-12
Pastors Getting Wealthy off the Gospel: What do you think about ministers living high off the hog?



2017-09-05
First lady or Mother Title: Caller doesn't feel comfortable calling pastors wife first lady or mother, & don't want to celebrate the pastor's anniversary



2017-08-21
Church Discipline Needs to be Implemented: Church discipline needs happen because of appropriate behavior by a pastor, but they are wondering what to do?



2017-07-18
Association with Masons: A friend wants me to an exercise program at an elks club connected to the masons.
A Biblically Accurate Pastor: My pastor doesn't seem to be biblically accurate. Should I be concerned about that?


2017-04-05
Church Leadership: Are Elders, Bishops & Pastors all the same thing?



2017-02-27
Not Liking Your Pastor: Aren't there places in scripture where it says to support your pastor instead of making a scene? Can't someone go somewhere else if they don't like him? there are so many options nowadays if they don't like him



2017-02-02
Pastor Wanting more & more Money: Concerning giving money, she is concerned that her pastor wants her to give more



2017-02-02
Elders being Single: How can you qualify to be a bishop if you aren't married? [Matthew 5:34, 1 Timothy 3:1-7, 1 Timothy 3:2, Titus 1:5-9]
Taking Oaths: What do you think about taking oaths?


2016-01-25
Pastor not accepting Constructive Criticism: Our church is sort've isolated from the community, so when the pastor was talking about individuals isolating themselves from each other, I mentioned about our church as a body doing that from the rest of the community, & he said I was being critical. How should i have handgled?



2016-01-12
A Professional Worship Leader: Hiring a professional worship leader, is that biblical?



2015-11-11
Acts 2 Church & SG's background: Can you please tell me your background, especially about the Acts 2 churches?
Church Community: Do you belong to a church community like that?
Modern Day Pastors: The caller's pastor friends don't like the idea of just being a member verses preaching in the pulpit every week the way it happens in modern times.

2015-11-06
Pastors & Non-Essential Doctrines:: Is it sort've an obligation of the pastor to share the main views of non-essential doctrines other than just their own?



2015-10-28
Women Pastors: What do you think about women in leadership roles, especially of "executive pastor"? Was Paul just talking about it culturally?
Pastor vs Preaching: What do you think about women preaching the gospel then?


2015-10-23
Church Government: Is your position of how a church should be run is a multitude of elders, no one particular person in charge of making decisions? [Acts 14:23]



2015-10-19
Single Pastor Structure: What does Steve about the sole Pastor model of the church structure?



2015-10-13
Marriage, Divorce & Remarriage Situation: A preacher told the caller that he can't remarry unless his ex-wife is dead. Is this true? [Caller shares his story.]
Porneia - Fornication: Pastor sent him an article that the greek word, "Porneia", is only talking about the betrothing period or of a harlot.
Street Preacher: The preacher telling the caller all this is actually railing on him because he had been in this situation himself.

2015-10-08
Church Leadership Authority: Pastor sole-run church, elder run church, & you find both examples in the the NT, but which is correct?
Pastor w/ Sole Authority: Caller says church was having problems w/ a pastor where there was a major upheaval.


2015-09-17
John Paul Jackson: Is John Paul Jackson a good preacher to listen to?



2015-08-31
New Home Church: Look for a New Home Church & wondering about Calvary Chapel, but there seems to be some lack of Church Discipline, &, there's a Moses Model church hierarchy there, where ONE person is in charge, & can't be held accountable by anyone else.



2015-07-28
Church leadership (Elder/Pastor): Definition of Elder, is that an actual Pastor or a layman of the Congregation?



2015-06-11
Submitting to Them Over Us: What does it mean to submit to them that are over us in the Lord? [Hebrews 13:7]



2015-05-21
Reimagining Church by Frank Viola: This book suggests no Pastors/Elders in the Church, but completely led by the Holy Spirit? It's a solid, NT church, it says. Does Steve think that is a LITTLE extreme? [1 Corinthians 14:26]



2015-05-20
Bible Interpretation only for the Clergy: Is the Bible, or interpreting the Bible, only for the Clergy? [Psamlm 131, 139]



2015-05-19
Pastoral Income: How should Pastors derive at their income? Should they all make tents like Paul did?



2015-05-14
Qualifications for an Elder: Caller is responding to a caller that was concerned about the response of a Pastor, & wants to point out how he probably wasn't following the protocol of being an elder. [1 Timothy 5:19, Titus 1:6, 1 Peter 5:1-4]



2015-05-12
Pastors Not Following Bible: Pastors not going according to the Bible, but anything goes, for the most part, & the pastor didn't like being criticized about it. Shouldn't he be concerned w/ what he taught on Judgment Day? [James 3:1]



2015-03-24
Gays in Leadership Positions in Church: Our church is beginning to have no restrictions on gays having leadership roles in our church, & are performing gay marriages.



2015-03-04
Ministry workers having jobs: So do you people who work in the ministry have to have separate jobs?



2015-02-13
Pastors: Is Steve suggesting that having one Pastor for a church is wrong?



2015-02-13
Pastors, Elders & Overseers: We hear about appointing Elders & Overseers, but what about Pastors? [Ephesians 4:11] is the only place it talks about them.



2015-02-13
Pastor's Family: Should the entire family (wife, children) of the Pastor be saved, or can they be reckless, just as long as he's saved? [1 Timothy 3:1-7]



2015-02-10
Pastor Father & Son Relationship: Caller feels very alone, that he can't even talk to his father who is a pastor, & trying to figure out why.



2015-02-02
Adulterous Pastor: What should I do if I think a pastor is committing adultery?



2015-01-07
Role of a Pastor/Preacher: A Pastor is supposed to feed the flock, but what should they specifically be doing? [1 Thessalonians 5:12-16]



2014-12-23
Technical Difficulties of Broadcast: Follow-up of Technical Issues.
Pastors in the Bible: When you said the other day that there was no "Pastors" in the Bible, I remembered a verse in Ephesians. What about that one? [Ephesians 4:11]


2014-12-23
Church History & Coptic Church: When was the Coptic Church excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church?
Pastor in the Bible: The word Pastor in the Bible discussion from a previous call. [Ephesians 4:11]


2014-12-02
Pagan Christianity by Frank Viola & George Barna: In a book called, "Pagan Christianity", which is about what's gone wrong in the Institutional church, it talks about the Pastoral Leadership mentality, which is more like tradition of man than biblical thing. What are your thoughts?



2014-11-13
Styles of Preachers: Some Pastors seem to have a different demeanor, temperament, attitude than others, some more positive than others. Your thoughts?



2014-08-19
Elder & Overseer: Are the qualifications the same for an elder & overseer, & does this list apply to both? [2 Timothy 2:24]



2014-08-05
Pastoral (Spiritual) Covering: What do you know about Pastoral Coverings? Is it Biblical?
Being ordained to Church Leadership or Office: What about Pastors or churches ordaining people to church leadership, church offices & they don't work out? Are the pastors then somehow culpable? [1 Timothy 5:22]


2014-07-28
Confessing your sins to another: Isn't it true that a priest/pasor is consenting to sin, that they've become a part of it, if they don't do anything about a crime he hears about?
People already in heaven: Are there people in heaven right now or not until the resurrection?


2014-07-25
Disclosing a known crime: I heard that even if you confess a heinous crime such as murder, that the priest can not tell the state. Isn't it more important that they share w/ them about bad crimes instead of keeping them a secret?
Priest telling State: If a priest or pastor DOES learn of a crime, should he pretend he's not going to say anything & say something or tell the person up front that's he's going to tell the authorities if they don't?


2014-05-22
Pastors Licensed by Mail Order: What do you think about me getting a Pastor's License to preach & do marriages in all 50 states for only $180?
Preaching to the Homeless: What if I just want a "preacher's license" to help the homeless?


2014-05-16
TV Evangelists: Caller enjoys watching TV Evangelists just to see how they conjure people out of their moneys.



2014-05-16
TV & Radio Ministers: Can Steve recommend some good tv or radio ministries to listen to?



2014-05-13
My way or the Highway: How do I deal w/ a family member who thinks i'm wrong for investigating & searching for what truth is?
Losing Religion: A friend says he's losing his religion but still has faith in God. What do I say to that?
Pastor Steve: How come you don't want to be a pastor?

2014-05-01
Getting hung-up on inconsequential matters: Caller thinks people, including his pastor, get hung up on stuff that doesn't matter.
Heaven & no Sea: Is there anywhere in the Bible, especially Revelation, that gives insight about Heaven? What about no sea or oceans in the New Earth? Is that symbolic too? [Revelation 21:1]
Loving our Brethren & protecting a believer more than an unbeliever: Do we need to have unity besides just loving one another? [john 15:12, 1 John 4:8, Galatians 6:10]

2014-04-29
Eschatological Differences: I skype w/ my pastor every week. Is it worthwhile to bring up eschatological things to him, things that I disagree w/ them?



2014-04-29
Vashti: Vashti was asked to where the crown & come to him & she refused, it that true? Was she an exotic dancer (dancing in the nude)?
3 literal Days: How could Jesus have been in the grave 3 literal days?
Relying on Theologians: Can we get everything we need to be a Christian from the Bible, or do we need a good theologian every now & then to guide us?

2014-03-07
Dispensationalism: Is there anything wrong w/ listening to preachers who believe in Dispensationalism?
Christian Music: There's a lot of good Christian music out there.


2014-02-17
Steve being Pastor: Has Steve ever been a Pastor?
Angel, Stars & Spirits: Who is the angel, what are the 7 stars & who are the 7 Spirits? [Revelation 3:1]


2014-02-04
Sermon Format: Followup to a caller concerned about the format of sermons.



2014-02-04
Sermon Format: How would you suggest I approach my pastor about the way he performs his sermons, instead of just highlighting 1 or 2 verses per sermon? [2 Timothy 4:2]



2014-01-29
Obedience, Surrender, Submit: Do you have to obey our church leaders just because they are church leaders? [Hebrews 13:17]



2014-01-03
Martin Luther being Anti-Semitic: How could someone like Martin Luther be anti-Semitic?
Product of our own Culture: Are some of the things we believe might just be culturly related?
Motivational Speakers: Isn't it true that most preachers of Mega churches are more like motivational speakers rather than actual preachers, such as Zig Zigglar & Joel Osteen?

2013-01-29
Critiquing Church Leaders: Do you have anything in your archives about what to do about church leadership with shady characters?



2013-01-29
Steve's Disqualifications from being Pastor: So what are the Biblical disqualifications as to why you can't be a pastor or an elder?


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