For me, the ministry is more than a profession. Perhaps it’s that understanding that keeps me in the game.   I admit: there have been times in my ministry when I’ve been enticed to believe that a position in a corporate setting would be more attractive. And, when times are unusually testing (like when the…

It doesn’t take long when you’re in leadership to become aware of anger!   Whether in a business or a church setting, anger has a way of presenting itself. Sometimes it’s direct, and at times indirect.   Whether a leader, employee or volunteer, anger impacts us.   Differences of opinions can quickly turn into hotly…

You would be hard-pressed to find any pastor, priest, or Christian leader who would suggest that spiritual care for our souls is not necessary. However:   Proclamation and practice are not synonymous!   In preparation for a 4-week class, I was teaching recently at a church; Jesus’ words recorded in John 15 caught my attention….

This past Sunday I watched as children excitedly marched down the aisles of the church waving palm branches.   If somehow you had inadvertently forgotten it was Palm Sunday, you were quickly reminded by the eagerness in which these kids came forward waving, or – and in a few instances – hitting others with their…

Pastoral ministry is not easy. And, in a consumerist culture, the job becomes more difficult!   Much of my ministry is being a shepherd to shepherds. Nothing is more fulfilling to me than coming-along-side a pastors/leaders to listen, care, and encourage them.   Through the practice of spiritual listening and mentoring, I’m aware of how…

Recently a friend of mine asked me: “At what point can you say ‘It’s done’?” She knows me well.   She was referring to my relentless persistence to scrutinize every word, sentence, and paragraph in something I’ve written. My tendency to make things better extends beyond writing. It’s not that I’m a perfectionist; I struggle…

On more than one occasion, my wife has awakened from her sleep with laughter. It’s not because she was dreaming, but she heard me walking into the wall or door jam.   Perhaps it’s my color-blindness. Since I was a child, navigating darkness has always been a challenge. I usually stop and allow my eyes…

The word “all” is becoming more troublesome to me. In some ways, it reminds me of when I was a child.   In my attempt to persuade my mom to let me participate in an activity or event that I knew was not acceptable to her, my standard default response was: “All my friends will…

The Judeo-Christian tradition has viewed God to be personal; One to be prayed to, a Deity who desires relationship; a Divine Being interested in the affairs of humankind.   As a child, raised in a religious environment that emphasized a “personal relationship with Jesus,” it made sense that I would talk with Jesus.   Prayer…

“Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.” – Ephesians 6:18 (NRSV)[1]   There’s been a growing awareness within me of the importance of praying for our leaders and parishioners. Perhaps this consciousness is spurred by my…