Pastor to Pastor

Poetic Theology, Writing and Ministry, Edwards and Patrick and Revival, and More

Theology as poetry? The psalmists did it.

Show me Your ways, O LORD;
Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You
are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day.
Psalm 25.4, 5

Resources for Shepherds
William Dyrness’ Poetic Theology is a must read, as this review explains.

Equally important is Alec Ryrie’s book, Unbelievers: An Emotional History. You might be surprised to discover why unbelief has grown so much over the past 300 years. Please read a larger review here.

Click here for a summary and link to Daniel Bell’s article on corruption in China. Is this an opportunity for Christians?

And if we’re not aiming at the souls of those we serve, we’re not investing our efforts where they can do the most good. Click herefor a summary, or read Monday’s ReVision column for a further explanation.

The Ailbe Seminary
Writing and your ministry

Are you casting about for ways to extend and improve your ministry? Have you considered adding writing to your weekly work? By developing the disciplines of writing you can extend your ministry to more people, reach your own people in new and more effective ways, and create resources for use in your church’s leadership training. Our course, The Writing Pastor, can get you started in doing everything from keeping a regular journal, starting a blog, creating worksheets and brochures, to publishing your own books. This fall, I’ll have space to offer this course to three men. If you’re interested and want to learn more, write to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and I’ll send you further information. Or you can click here for a brief video overview of the course.

Ailbe Resources
Learning to love God and our neighbors
Recently we wrote wondering whether we’re asking the right questions in the matter of racial justice. Are we loving our neighbors as we should? And are we making disciples who love God and their neighbors? Pressed to explain what it means to love God and our neighbors, many people might come up short. You can help them. Write to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and I’ll send you our Loving God and Neighbors Worksheets. Here are simple guides and assessment tools to aid in your preaching, teaching, and disciple-making. Feel free to share them with others, and teach your leaders how to use them to help your people grow in love, which is the goal of all Christian instruction (1 Tim. 1.5).

We need revival!
The Lord has shown us in His Word that if we will seek Him in prayer together, revival will come. Write to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and I’ll send you a copy of Jonathan Edwards’ call for revival prayer, An Humble Attempt. This is a convincing Biblical call to seek the Lord for revival together with other believers. Our Men’s Prayer Movement sponsors a meeting to pray for revival every Tuesday morning at 10:00 am Eastern. We pray for 30 minutes, using a psalm to guide us. We are a team of praying brothers from all across the country, and we invite you to join us. If you’d like to participate in this part of our Men’s Prayer Movement, write to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and I’ll add your name to the invitation list for our weekly meeting.

At The Fellowship of Ailbe website
Pastor Dale Tedder writes about a more dangerous breed of atheists – some of whom might be members of your church. Dr. Stan Gale considers Jesus as the Light of the world in his ongoing series on Jesus in the Gospel of John. Ruling Elder and Ailbe Board Member Mike Slay’s series on things too wonderful continues with a bit of exuberance here.

Your Opportunity to Share
The “Resources for Shepherds” page at The Ailbe Website is open for your contributions. Read a good book or an important article? Want to recommend a journal or website to your fellow shepherds? Has the Lord spoken to you in a way you’d like to share with others? We are ready for your contributions. If you’ll just send them along to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., we’ll take it from there.

Psalm of the Week

Feel free to use our weekly psalms for personal or corporate worship. All psalms for singing are from The Ailbe Psalter.

Psalm 25 (Festal Song: Revive Thy Work, O Lord)
I lift my soul to You; O Lord, in You I trust.
Let me not come to shame, nor let my foes o’er me exult.

All they who wait on You shall never come to shame;
Yet they to shame shall come who stand against Your holy Name.

Make me to know Your ways, teach me Your paths, O Lord!
My Savior, all day long I wait and seek You in Your Word.

Remember mercy, Lord, and steadfast love to me!
And all my sins before You let them not remembered be!

My sins have been of old, Your love is new each day;
According to Your goodness, Lord, regard my sinful way.

Upright and good are You, You lead us in Your way;
The humble You instruct in truth and guide him day by day.

The paths of God are all of love and faithfulness;
All they who keep His covenant the Lord will surely bless.

For Your sake, Lord, forgive.  All they who fear You, Lord,
Shall know Your blessings day by day and follow in Your Word.

Your friends are they who fear and seek Your holy face;
Your covenant with them You share and save them by Your grace.

Be gracious, Lord, to me; my heart is weighed with woe.
My troubles and affliction see; let my transgressions go.

Consider all my foes, who hate me all the day;
And rescue my poor soul lest I should stumble in the way.

Preserve me in Your way, redeem Your people, Lord!
We wait for You and refuge seek in Your own faithful Word.

Patrick and the Celtic Revival
The Celtic Revival (ca 430-800) begins with Patrick. He wasn’t the first to bring the faith to Ireland, but he was the one God’s Spirit used to start a great movement of revival and awakening. Patrick wrote about his coming to Ireland, “...while it was not of my own choice that I arrived in Ireland at that time when I was almost a lost soul, it was a good thing for me, because I was reformed by the Lord and He prepared me to be today what was once so remote from me; so that, whereas once I did not even consider my own salvation, now the salvation of others is my care and concern.” You can read writings from Patrick and other great saints from this period by subscribing to Crosfigell  (click here to read some examples of this twice-weekly teaching letter).

T. M. Moore

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Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. All Psalms for singing are from
The Ailbe Psalter.

T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in Essex Junction, VT.
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