About Jamin Goggin

Jamin Goggin serves as 501 Pastor at Saddleback Church. He cares deeply about the spiritual health of fellow pastors. He has done Masters work in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care as well as New Testament at Talbot School of Theology. Jamin is currently pursuing a PhD in theology at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Jamin lives in southern California with his wife Kristin and their three children. You can read more from Jamin at Metamorpha.

Temptations in Preaching (Part 2)


Preaching presents a myriad of temptations. We pastors are often unaware of the truth of our heart as we approach the pulpit on Sunday morning. We are solely focused on our exegesis or our homiletical approach. However, as we arrive at the pulpit God is calling us to discern the temptations of our heart. In […]

Temptations in Preaching (Part 1)


Apple Smoking In The Darkness

There are many facets to the vocational life of a pastor. However, for evangelical pastors today there is one element of our calling that is deemed most important and induces the greatest anxiety: Preaching. How should we preach? What should we preach?  Questions of technique, method and content abound. Undoubtedly, this flurry of interest in […]

Theology Matters…No, Really It Does



What songs should we choose for the worship service? What should we do for our fall campaign? How many minutes should the sermon be? How should we organize the chairs in the worship center? The list could go on. Pastors are constantly faced with practical questions. What to do has become the driving force of […]

Pastor… Profession or Vocation?



“What do you do?” “I am a pastor.” Onboard an airplane or waiting in line at the local coffee shop the response is met with little fan-fair. The profession simply does not have the same cache or intrigue as say… “I am a doctor” or “I am a writer.” We pastors find ourselves in a […]

A Place for Spiritual Direction, Part 3



As we saw in our first article spiritual direction has long roots going back to the ministry of the Apostle Paul. In our second article we explored how this ministry of companionship and guidance needs to play a central role in the pastoral vocation. In this article we look at four ways spiritual direction can […]

A Place for Spiritual Direction (Part 2)



In case you missed it, read part one of A Place for Spiritual Direction As we discovered in the first article in this series, if we are in the business of pastoring we are in the business of spiritual direction. Like Paul we are to (1) model a life of faithfulness, (2) offer the gift […]

A Place for Spiritual Direction (Part 1)



This is the first of a series of articles that will be exploring the ministry of spiritual direction. It is important to note that we will use the term “spiritual direction” broadly to encompass the ideas of mentoring and spiritual friendship. Spiritual direction can also be used to talk about a specific kind of soul […]

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