I’ve also learned that just because I'm getting older, doesn’t mean that I need my Dad less. As a matter of fact, once I've enter into the more challenging seasons of life, I seek his advice even more more. Over time my relationship with my father may have altered, but in the end I still need his Godly counsel. My Dad has had more impact on my than any other person in this world. I know more about ministry from him than I will from any book (other than a book of course). Chad believed the same thing. He wrote this on his own personal blog back in 2012.
As the child of a pastor, I suppose that I've taken my father's pulpit ministry for granted for the better part of my life. I was keenly aware of the countless hours that he would spend in his office pouring over the text with a heart of love for his congregation, but seldom was I aware of the responsibility that was mine as a partaker of those messages.
As I've entered into my seminary training, my appreciation for Dad's handling of the Word has increased exponentially. Often times I'll find myself shooting him an e-mail with a question regarding a particular text, and I can always expect a carefully worded response that takes into account the original languages, authorial intent, and context of the passage. Usually the response that I receive lines up fairly nicely with some of the better commentaries that I have been consulting, and serves to further confirm my conviction about the passage in question. My appreciation for Dad’s exegetical work, however, goes much further than just the help that I can get from him on particular passages. I regularly listen to the messages that he brings on a weekly basis, and I’m always left with an incredible blessing, and a new appreciation for the passage that he meticulously worked through that week. I always enjoy the fruits of Dad’s labor.
- Chad Phelps