Black and White and Color

One of the dangers that comes with writing about pastoral ministry and the church is that some people automatically conclude that I’m venting. That rather than reflective writing, I’m being passive aggressive and sharing my complaints about ministry and the local church of which I’m a part. From more than 30 years of pastoral ministry,Continue reading “Black and White and Color”

Waiters and Church Staff and Safe Places

Waiting tables I learned that I could be invisible. Or I was so low on the social order that people just didn’t care what they said in front of me. While I stood waiting to write down an order, couples or families or groups would have conversations in front of me that I am sureContinue reading “Waiters and Church Staff and Safe Places”

Church pt 2

Rich Mullins sang, “My friends ain’t the way I wish they were / They are just the way they are.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, “Those who love their dream of a Christian community more than they love the Christian community itself become destroyers of that Christian community even though their personal intentions may be ever soContinue reading “Church pt 2”

Following the World

One of the million things I wrestle with is a comment I regularly hear from platformed evangelical leaders that is some version of “we’re not following what’s popular, we’re not going to follow the world.” Usually this is in reference to a matter they consider orthodoxy – believing the right thing – or orthopraxy –Continue reading “Following the World”

Deconstruction: Recovery

One of the aspects of being a pastor like me is that you become a story collector or a story depository. Over the last 35 years I’ve absorbed the stories as they have been told to me, shared with me, sometimes through tears and sometimes through sobs, that have shaped people, left their mark onContinue reading “Deconstruction: Recovery”