For All You Pastors Out There Sitting Down to Write Your Sermon This Friday…

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            Dear Pastor, You put your congregation first, and yourself last, and you did it all week long. You took every phone call, answered every email, attended every meeting you could, and kept the ball moving forward in your congregation. You shared words of comfort, compassion, and encouragement with your people. [Read More...]

Eugene Peterson’s “Unbusy” Pastor – Evangelicalism Needs More of These

I’ve been reading Eugene Peterson’s The Contemplative Pastor again. I’m not sure how many times I’ve read this book. Sometimes I think I should always be reading it for at least a few minutes a day. Today I was struck by this line: “I am busy because I am vain. I want to appear important. [Read More...]

3 Suggestions on How to Be Good To One Another in the Wake of a Bitter Election

Taking a look at my Facebook and Twitter feed this morning has triggered the pastoral response in me. So many people are overjoyed. So many people are in obvious pain. I feel like the smart thing to do before I get to the “horse-race” and political analysis stuff that I love so much (I really [Read More...]


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