Here it is… Wait for it… I LOVE pastoring and I love my congregation and I love my community! Okay. So that isn’t “dirty,” nor a “secret,” but it is about me. 🙂 I have found too often when speaking with pastors in an intimate setting that they either don’t love pastoring, or their church,… Continue reading A Dirty Secret About Me
Reading a student’s paper tonight, I was struck by a statement Leonard Sweet (always thoughtful and provocative) made about the potential that we (particularly ministerial training institutions) might be training pastors for a ministry that no longer exists…
I heard a good message today from John 15:1-11: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vineyard keeper. 2 He removes any of my branches that don’t produce fruit, and he trims any branch that produces fruit so that it will produce even more fruit. 3 You are already trimmed because of the word… Continue reading Please Don't Prune Me!
In Sunday School this morning we discussed the core value of “community” as the church. We were discussing some of the ways in which our “community” turns in upon itself (sometimes in self-preservation; sometimes because it simply cannot live in the world). I was reminded that the church exists pro mundi beneficio (for the benefit… Continue reading The Church for Others
Today was my final worship service with the congregation I have loved and served for the last decade. And it was exactly the kind of day I wanted to share with my church family: our annual church at the lake. We sang together, heard testimonies of healings, shared communion (although I accidentally forgot the grape… Continue reading A Day To Celebrate?
I had a conversation with a couple of the ladies in my church today about a symbol that is imprinted into the fabric lining the bottom of our brass offering plates. I had overheard one of them telling the other that “IHS” stood for “In His Service”. Sounds good enough. Makes sense. It would be… Continue reading IHS – What Does It Mean?
Every morning (when I’m not already gone for a meeting or class) I read a small portion of Scripture to my children (from the NLT) and we each pray in turn before I send them off on the bus to school. This is our daily routine. I realized that during these times we end up… Continue reading Kids and the Bible
Carl Trueman has written a wonderful piece on “being a false teacher” (over at Reformation 21) and the benefits of ordination as a guard against such (not as an absolute guard, but as a guard to be sure). What is wonderful about this piece is his notion of responsibility to and for the Church that… Continue reading On Being A False Teacher