Christmas Eve is about children, costumes, choirs, carols, candles, and candy canes and coordinators. Behind the scenes of our Christmas Eve pageants or dramas are volunteers or staff who have their own families and personal events to plan.
Timely words. We're just thinking about some of these same issues. We too have many struggling congregations. And yet, church visit reports have come to be given at the...posted on: Who Does Classis Serve?
Perhaps the best and most faithful thing we might do in such a situation is to acknowledge the chaos and complexities, lament violence and loss of life, lament hawkish exploitation of the bravery...posted on: The Pastor’s Quandary
Thanks for raising this topic. I appreciate your call to visit and stay connected to all people, regardless of any kind of struggle they may know in life. I think we have much...posted on: Ministry to the Addicted
Excellent piece Ken. I would add that the need for supervision or mentoring is not only limited to our 'clinical-pastoral work', but makes sense in other areas, preaching or administration too,...posted on: Do Pastors Need Professional Supervision?
Peter, it was great to read your piece. I'm in chapter 21 this week and was struck by the scene where Jesus tells Peter, 'follow me' and the next thing Peter does is turn to look at John and ask...posted on: The Other Disciple
Thanks for thinking out loud with us. "God calls me now to walk with him, first as a person, a husband, a father, grandfather and friend. Then as a…what?"
Testimony,...posted on: Reflections on the Retirement Journey
Thanks Scott, fine piece. Loneliness and isolation are indeed killers. And, geographical distance is only one small factor that may or may not contribute to it. Those who live in an area where...posted on: Pastors Supporting Pastors