No prolonged infancies among us, please. We'll not tolerate babes in the woods, small children who are an easy mark for impostors. God wants us to grow up… - Ephesians 4:14-15 (The Message) Some hard-to-hear headlines over the past week: “Disapproval Rate for Congress at Record 86%” and “Gulf Between Political Parties Reduces Standard and … Continue reading GOD IS DOING A NEW THING: DEVELOPING INTELLIGENCE
“Our first objective will be the development of self-restraint. This carries a top priority rating. When we speak or act hastily or rashly, the ability to be fair-minded and tolerant evaporates on the spot. One unkind tirade or one willful snap judgment can ruin a relationship with another person for a whole day, or maybe … Continue reading GOD IS DOING A NEW THING: Language Matters
Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry—but don't use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don't stay angry. Don't go to bed angry. Don't give the Devil that kind of foothold in your life. – Ephesians 4:26-27 (The Message version) In her prize-wining novel "Gilead" Marilynne Robinson tells the story … Continue reading God is Doing a New Thing: Getting Started with our Transitions
I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? - Isaiah 43:19 During the six years I served a large church as the associate pastor for pastoral care, there was one month when I began to wonder if God had it “in” for me and the … Continue reading God is Doing a New Thing: Transitions in Your Congregation?
SEVEN SPIRITUAL PRACTICES: Sabbatical Reflections # 7: Pilgrimage “Follow me.” - Jesus, throughout the Gospels “Home is where the heart is.” - unknown “Here’s a question you’ll want to ask,” she said, when I was discerning whether I might be called to be rector of a parish. “Is my new bishop in a castle, or … Continue reading PILGRIMAGE: ONE OF SEVEN SPIRITUAL PRACTICES: