We shove all these disappointments and confusions into a spiritual junk drawer - we don’t know where else to put them. We tell ourselves, “I’ll deal with it later."
Modern day pastors have been all too willing to accept the role of a CEO running the church like a business, serving more as a visionary leader than a shepherd of souls. We've served the bottomline more than the "least of these." Board rooms and whiteboards have replaced prayer chapels and the pastor's study. More pastors … Continue reading Pastor: Shepherd or CEO?
The big box "church-as-business" model that arose in the last quarter of the 20th century was a complete (and short-lived) anomaly in the long 2,000 year history of Christian ministry. It rode the wave of American-styled capitalism and is grounded in the values of American consumerism and market driven strategies -- not the New Testament … Continue reading From Big Box to Big Souls
Over three decades ago, my late hero and Protestant "Saint" (if Presbyterians canonized people) Eugene Peterson wrote the following in the opening paragraphs to his book on pastoral ministry called Working the Angles (1987): “American pastors are abandoning their post, left and right, and at an alarming rate. They are not leaving their churches and getting … Continue reading Reclaiming the Pastoral Vocation
I compiled a sampling of sacred texts below that can help us be more loving and wise in our interactions on social media. If only all Christians would seriously consider these words before they send off that tweet or make that comment on a friend's post. These are just a few of the hundreds of … Continue reading Texts for Taming the Tongue