Where Change Lives

Today is Credo Friday, when I try to post something that describes the state of things that I believe…the things that make me who I am. This week I posted a reply to a comment on someone else’s Facebook. Here’s what I wrote: I am amazed at the conviction that exclusion will lead to repentance.Continue reading “Where Change Lives”

Ordination

It’s pastoral ministry Tuesday where I share a little bit of the journey, a little glimpse behind the curtain, and share some observations about this pastor’s life. I’m part of a denomination/church movement that has a low view of ordination until it’s expedient to have a high view of ordination. On one hand, we haveContinue reading “Ordination”

Camino Diary 5

On Camino Wednesdays I’m sharing day to day recollections from the journal i kept as my friends and I walked the Camino de Santiago, September/October 2019, from St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago. Part ONE. Part TWO. Part THREE. And part FOUR. On September 6, 2019, I walked from Zubiri to Pamplona, Spain withContinue reading “Camino Diary 5”

Scoreboard

On Pastoral Ministry Tuesdays I like to share a reflection on life as a pastor, a little glimpse behind the wizard’s curtain. How do you measure success? We’re obsessed with it. And in our part of the world we’re determined, it seems to me, not only to figure out if we’re “living it right” butContinue reading “Scoreboard”

Manipulation, pt 2

This is Pastoral Ministry Tuesday. Every week I try to contribute a post about a pastor’s life. This is the second of two parts and you can read Part One by clicking the link. And now, on with today’s post… Manipulating people isn’t unique to the Church or to church leaders. I’d call it aContinue reading “Manipulation, pt 2”

Camino Diary pt 3

(These entries are a series based on my journal and recollections from walking the Camino de Santiago with my friends Bill and Derrick, Sept/Oct 2019.) My journal entry for this day is brief. Its brevity is a reflection of how overwhelmed I felt by the experience of my first day on the Camino from St.Continue reading “Camino Diary pt 3”

Manipulation

It’s Pastoral Ministry Tuesday. Here’s an important question that comes up in pastoral ministry, “How do you get people to do what you want/need them to do?” Most of the time we’re a little more nuanced in the way we ask it. We save the blunt questions until we’re alone in a “senior pastors only”Continue reading “Manipulation”