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September 28, 2017
Wide Awake: True Confessions of a Bedtime Hater
We've become a nation of walking zombies. It is affecting not just our health, but...
April 10, 2017
The Stories We Tell Ourselves: Holy Week Clergy Burnout
There's this story we clergy tell religiously around this time every year. Not the thing...
May 12, 2016
Don’t Like Your Pastor? Don’t Leave Your Church
There's a blog post going around called "So You Don't Like your Pastor..." I read...
May 09, 2016
Cleaning the Brushes: The Never-Done Work of Ministry
My friend Kory shares some thoughts on the "never done-ness" of ministry. On behalf of...
September 22, 2015
Talking to Strangers: Scene in a Bar
I was drinking a beer. That was her first clue that I wasn’t a real...
July 10, 2015
Cloud By Day: Living With Ambiguity and Measuring Ministry
In every generation, people of faith journey across the hazy plains of “What does this...
June 24, 2015
Good Call: 10 Ways to Nail that Pastoral Search Interview
It's that time again. All over the country, exhausted pastoral search committees plow through another...
March 31, 2015
Holy Week Survival Guide: 10 Life Hacks for Clergy
Lace up the trainers, zip up your robe. Eye of the tiger, baby. It is...
November 20, 2014
Talking to Strangers
It was Sunday morning. I stopped at my favorite, may or may not have chosen...
September 17, 2014
How to Do It All
Sometimes other clergy ask for advice on how to balance being a pastor and a...
August 20, 2014
Mapping the Message: A Choose Your Own Adventure Tale for Preachers
When I write about pastoral life, I try to make it interesting and/or useful to...
January 22, 2014
I never know what to say when someone thanks me for making a hospital or...
January 10, 2013
As Often As You Do This…
we are winging it. Every one of us, even on our best days. Call me...
January 04, 2013
Failure to Adapt
our mainline churches are dying from this 'failure to adapt' that we see in the...
December 19, 2012
In Church, at Christmastime
The phone is ringing off the hook, The sanctuary’s hard to book. Yes it’s clean--dare...
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