Easter Monday

Easter Monday.  The second day of the New Creation.   Because I am again serving as pastor to two small congregations, I preached yesterday.   I followed the lectionary and used Mark 16:1-8 as the Gospel text. Perhaps because of our circumstances, I was taken with how the story describes the response of the women […]

Killing Our Children with Love

The professor has learned something from his students.   The context: I contribute four sessions to a general education course at Southwestern College called “Critical Issues in Health.”  It’s an ambitious class that attempts to help students think about the integrated nature of well-being: physical, relational, and spiritual.  We take a team-oriented, approach, covering everything […]

“Have to” Questions, “How Do You Know” Questions

I’m helping to teach a class that affords me opportunity to interact with college students about spirituality. In such venues two sets of questions alway arise. I’m thinking about the unhelpful ways we in the ministry often answer them I call the two categories “have to” questions and “how do you know” questions. An example […]

When Structures Strangle Relationships

My post of 3/27 was a tad cryptic and vague, not to mention gloomy. It’s hard to write about matters involving people one counts as friends and colleagues, especially when they are on opposite sides. I don’t want to cast anyone in a bad light. Of course, I still have an opinion. So, what was […]

Watching a Denomination Die

While a grand old institution slowly crumbles, the people who have invested their lives in it look for every glimmer of hope, every shred of evidence to sustain the belief that, really, “we’re doing fine.” Even when we acknowledge trouble, we have an odd way of tipping our hats to it while bolstering – in […]

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