Today Seth Godin has a great post about how we end things. Quitting slowly doesn't serve you well. At work or in anything else you do, people will remember how you ended things. All in, then out is the responsible way to participate and to end that participation. Too often, we seduce ourselves … Read more about Ending Gracefully
Years ago Mark DeVries introduced me to the notion of "paying the rents" in youth ministry. This was his way of saying that there are certain things youth ministries need to do to keep church leadership and parents happy. In particular, he talked about numbers, programs, and enthusiasm. Youth … Read more about Paying the Rents at Church
Nothing has generated conversation on my Facebook page lately like posts about Donald Trump. Yesterday I posted a story about Catholic bishops taking on Trump. Noting that he claims to be a Presbyterian, I wondered if Presbyterian leaders should be addressing his rhetoric as well. A variety of … Read more about If I Were Donald Trump’s Pastor
Adam Walker Cleaveland is curating a blog series on pastoral identity over at Pomomusings. Yesterday he published a post I wrote about my shifting sense of pastoral identity as I prepare to leave parish ministry for a four year stint as a seminary professor. Here's how I begin: When Adam asked me … Read more about God’s Big Picture
This year and next, Fourth Presbyterian Church is blessed to have Layton Williams serving as our Pastoral Resident. She is already a gifted pastor and I love her blog. One of the cool things she is doing this year is gathering our clergy staff together once a month to have an open discussion … Read more about I’m Not a Priest, Except When I Am
Last week a young leader in our church told me that she had been in a conversation with a friend about the benefits of joining a church versus simply going to church. She thought she had some good answers but was curious what a pastor at her church thought. Here is my response: Great question. In … Read more about Why Join A Church?
It's time for a change. I've been writing this blog for over three and a half years under the tagline "Posts from the Blog of an (un)Tamed Cynic." It was a nod to Reinhold Niebuhr's fascinating book Leaves from the Notebook of a Tamed Cynic. I suppose there was some hubris involved in naming my … Read more about My Final Post as the (un)Tamed Cynic
This is another "lost" post from the end of 2012. This train of thought was prompted by reflection on my grandmother's death and the opportunity I had to officiate her funeral. She was quite certain about what awaited her on the other side. I, on the other hand, am deeply agnostic about what … Read more about An Unquenchable Trust