Category Archives: Ministry Musings

Ministry Musings: Preventing Identity Theft

Several experiences in the past week have revived my awareness of how difficult it is to pastor a congregation today.  I have friends under the gun for things that are antithetical to the Gospel–things which bespeak congregational sickness, not health. … Continue reading

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Ministry Musings: It’s Official!

…at least that’s what Publishers’ Weekly said a few months ago, as they announced the creation of a new genre of literature: New Adult.  Essentially, it is an identifiable collection of writing that deals with key themes related to early … Continue reading

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Ministry Musings: Spiritual Leadership

I am working on two projects that call for a fresh concentration on the term “spiritual leadership.”  And while I have spoken and written about the subject over the years, I have a new view to write about today. It … Continue reading

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Ministry Musings: Toxic Leadership

Like many others, I have grown increasingly concerned about the neo-fundamentalism that is dominating and caricaturing too much Christianity these days. It is a theology and resultant mindset that is antithetical to the Gospel and destructive to the Christian witness … Continue reading

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Ministry Musings: Things That Abide

I am pondering the fact that the older Christian churches (Roman, Orthodox, Lutheran) tend to be more liturgical, while the newest startups are less so.  I am not writing to make a case for one style of worship over another, … Continue reading

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Ministry Musings: Priest or Functionary?

One of Pope Francis’ first-year concerns is the renewal of the priesthood from it having eroded into functionalism.  This is something for all of us clergy to think about.  It is not limited to Roman Catholic priests.  It can happen … Continue reading

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Ministry Musings: Quantity Envy

The United States may be the only place where pastors feel inferior if they serve small churches–or at least one of only a few places in Christianity where the “bigger is better” lie has eaten into the soul of the … Continue reading

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