The public perception of the church

I'm writing from Oxford, where I learned that--once more--the Anglican communion is in turmoil. The Archbishop of Canterbury has affirmed the Church of England's 1998 ruling that named gay sex as sin and also declined to seek the authority to punish provinces that fail to uphold that ruling. To be a tad tongue in cheek, …

Five characteristics of effective pastors today

I was ordained to the pastorate in 2010 although I had been serving in campus ministry since 2004. Of all my ministry roles, being the pastor of a local church has been the most enjoyable and also the most challenging. Effective pastoral ministry in 2022 looks very different from what I expected when I graduated …

Lent is for a world on fire

The world seems like it's on fire. Photo by Cole Keister on Pexels.com As I write my extended family is mourning the untimely death of a son, husband, father, and brother. Ukraine is valiantly trying to bear up under the yoke of Russian aggression. The United States has suffered another State of the Union address--the …

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