Friendships Among Pastors

3/3/2020

Psalm 63:1-4 (NRSV) 1 O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. 2 So I have looked upon...

A Prayer for Spring

1/30/2020

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. I Thessalonians 5:16-18 This verse may seem like a stretch in early February as the promise of a...

Five Lessons I Learned from Churches

1/14/2020

During my six and a half years with the Presbyterian Foundation, I visited at least two hundred different churches throughout the states of Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and the little slice of Nebraska in the South Central region I...

The Gift of God’s Abiding Rest

12/19/2019

Pastors long for rest after the frenzy of Advent and Christmas. And appropriately, many pastors take their vacations in January to recharge (or recuperate). Although practicing this kind of self-care is an indispensable discipline for every pastor, the text from...

Preaching generosity in January

12/6/2019

With Christmas Eve services in the rear-view mirror and all the planning and joy that went into Advent a distant memory, now we face the winter doldrums. There isn’t anything particularly exciting in our liturgical calendar during the stretch from...

Grace & Gratitude

7/9/2019

Karl Barth, the greatest theologian of the twentieth century, also served as a guest preacher and counselor in the Basel city prison. Because of his service, he was invited to speak to a convention of German prison chaplains and social...

For Teaching, Reproof, Correction, and Training in Righteousness

6/13/2019

A generation ago, books such as The Wounded Healer and As One without Authority encouraged the view that pastors should not pretend to be exemplary Christians. Rather, they should present themselves as fellow pilgrims, joined with others on a journey...

Grace and Gratitude

5/15/2019

The Christian life is shaped by gratitude - gratitude for the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit. It is by God's grace that we receive the gift of our...

Literary theology: quotes and thoughts from contemporary novels

4/9/2019

Provocative insights on religious themes from contemporary novelists ...  On Church: On Easter, she surprised me by wanting to go to church. She said it would be bad luck not to go. Thus Christianity, once an encompassing cathedral built on...

Good Books to Strengthen Pastoral Ministry

3/12/2019

Augustine heard the voice of a child saying, “Take and read, take and read.” He opened a Bible, began to read, and was set on the path of committed discipleship and faithful pastoral ministry as the Bishop of Hippo and...