The pastoral vocation in the age of President Trump

Donald Trump may be a different kind of leader, perhaps even a threat to our democracy, but that doesn’t change the nature of the pastoral vocation, says an Iowa pastor. The pastor is the keeper of a space where we stand on a firm foundation. Reprinted from Faith & Leadership. By Cameron Barr Not long [Read More…]

Refugee ministry: Can any church do this?

Not every congregation can do ministry with refugees. But every church can show up in their community and see where God is already working.  Reprinted from Faith & Leadership. By Hannah Terry When people find out about the work I do with the refugee community in the neighborhood surrounding my church, I’m often asked, “Can [Read More…]

Paul Behaving Badly: Of Paradoxes, Jerks, Infallible Scriptures, and Grace

This post is a participation in a Patheos Book Club on the book Paul Behaving Badly. A few years ago, a friend gave me a little book called Misreading Scripture With Western Eyes by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon O’Brien. I loved it. So, okay, I have been to seminary, so I knew some of the things [Read More…]

iphones, Vision, and the Church

Both authenticity and connection are essential elements of a vital faith community, and should be at the core of a church’s vision and mission [Read more…]

The wind, the fire, and the balloons: How Jesus Saves the World from Us by Morgan Guyton

I’ve never met Morgan Guyton. The closest I’ve come is that he spent a couple hours in my friend Brandon Harnish’s living room while on a book tour.  However, I love his blog, Mercy Not Sacrifice, and I’ve enjoyed interacting with him on Facebook. Somehow the fact that my husband and I knew him on [Read More…]

Making Disciples of Jesus Christ: The Second Sentence

By Mike Coyner Our United Methodist mission statement has a second sentence. Most people seem to know the first sentence: “Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Many people do not know that there is a second sentence to that mission statement which says: “Local congregations provide the most significant arena [Read More…]