A Presbyterian examiner ought to examine the thoughts, motivations, styles, biblical understanding, and guiding insights of local Presbyterian pastors. This article represents the first installment in a series of interviews with local pastors, featuring responses to the same 10 questions. The newest Presbyterian pastor in the local area, David Bostrom of Christ Church of Lakeland, answered five of the 10 questions. His other five responses will be featured in part two.
1. Do you notice a mood change in your congregation during financial troubles/economic downturns?
I do believe that people are under greater stress, but for the most part I see our people maintaining their peace and joy in the Lord.
2. What was your reaction to the House healthcare passage?
The trend of our federal government has been toward greater state control and fewer personal liberties, so though I was saddened by the passage of this bill, I was not surprised. I am slightly encouraged by the large public disapproval of this bill, but the real hope of our nation is in repentance and faith leading to an embracing of greater personal responsibility.
3. Would you preach on this somehow? Or make an application to it?
Yes, I have touched on issues like this through prayers, sermons, and the writing that goes along with my ministry. I see it as part of bringing the whole counsel of God to bear on the issues of the day.
4. In general, do you preach with current events in mind? Or how do you address significant local or national events with your congregation?
Yes, the events of the day and their effects on the saints of God need to be in mind to minister faithfully. The gospel is central. But the gospel message includes the truth that the resurrected Lord reigns over all. The implications of this great truth for every area of life need to be understood by the people of God to really live faithfully.
5. Would you say the greatest challenges to your church, or the Church at large, are from without or within?
A number of challenges come to mind. These include: maintaining God-centered worship in a self-centered age, applying the whole counsel of God to all of life when so many Christians are unaccustomed to do so as they live out a compartmentalized faith, and resisting an ever encroaching state when faith in the greatness of God is so weak among so many who profess to follow Christ.