Getting Out of Bed

(It’s Pastoral Ministry Tuesday, time for a mostly weekly post about pastoral ministry – the life and the challenges, the highs and lows of living this pastor’s life. Step up and take a look behind the curtain.) There’s an old joke that goes something like this… One Sunday morning, a mother went in to wakeContinue reading “Getting Out of Bed”

Love in the Time of Corona

It’s Pastoral Ministry Tuesday. Every week, or at least most weeks when life doesn’t interfere, I post a reflection on life in pastoral ministry. A little look behind the curtain to see the person pulling the levers and making the big head talk. Thanks for stopping by. I have a lot of books on myContinue reading “Love in the Time of Corona”

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”

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”

We Are Not Saved by Certainty

On Credo Fridays I try to create a post that will give some clarity and definition to what I believe, the beliefs that make me what I am. When I think of a Credo, I think of a statement of faith. So today I want to tell you what faith looks like in my credo.Continue reading “We Are Not Saved by Certainty”