Month: October 2015

Book Review: A New Beginning for Pastors and Congregations

What a wonderful resource. This book by Kennon L. Callahan sets up some essential direction for those that are seeking a new call, or have received, and the congregation that is in the process. Callahan provides some great guidelines from the first day to… Continue Reading “Book Review: A New Beginning for Pastors and Congregations”

Confirmation Celebration!

What a wonderful day we had this past Sunday. Of course we had the opportunity to sing A Mighty Fortress is Our God, because after all it was Reformation Sunday, but we also had the opportunity to celebrate with six confirmands whom had the… Continue Reading “Confirmation Celebration!”

Being in Relationship

Relationships take time to build. This is a point within life that is true no matter what profession you are in or where you live. Relationships are all around us, and yet we at times tend to hope they will just work out on… Continue Reading “Being in Relationship”

The Order of Melchizedek

One of the Lectionary readings for this coming Sunday is Hebrews 5:1-10. We get a brief glimpse and mention of a priest named Melchizedek. Don’t be discouraged if you have no clue who this reference is to. He has little reference throughout the Bible,… Continue Reading “The Order of Melchizedek”

Book Review: A Full Life, Reflections at Ninety by Jimmy Carter

I will admit that the majority that I knew of Jimmy Carter was just what I learned along the way through conversation or an occasional article I may read. Yes, he was the President when I was born, but I never took time to… Continue Reading “Book Review: A Full Life, Reflections at Ninety by Jimmy Carter”

Fear Breeds Hate

Why is it that we are so often afraid of those things that we know little about? This weekend there are protests that are taking place near Muslim mosques around the country, most closely Dearborn, MI. Not only do these protests appear to be… Continue Reading “Fear Breeds Hate”

Why a mysterious way?

I view God through the lens of someone that has not grown up in the church and been shaped by the tradition that seems to think it knows what is right and what is wrong. I am open to the possibility of anything happening… Continue Reading “Why a mysterious way?”

What Constitutes Adultery?

I will admit that as a pastor I was confronted by the usual internal question of, “how am I going to preach good news to this text” this past week. The assigned gospel lesson for this past Sunday was Mark 10:2-16, which has Jesus… Continue Reading “What Constitutes Adultery?”

The way of St. Francis

St. Francis has got to be one of the most popular saints spoken of around the world. The election of a new Pope and his decision of choosing Francis as his namesake has only garnered more attention in the last couple of years. Yesterday,… Continue Reading “The way of St. Francis”

How did I get here?

If someone were to tell me ten years ago that I would be serving as a pastor, I would have looked at them as though they had two heads. Yet, I am now serving my second congregation and loving being able to fulfill the… Continue Reading “How did I get here?”