How Can Anglican Churches Help Those Who Grieve? Interview with a Grief Counselor

During the stay-at-home-order, I was able to interview my wife Victoria, who is a grief counselor and who continues to provide support to clients during this crisis. Victoria Goebel, LMSW, is a Bereavement Counselor at Crossroads Hospice of Atlanta. She is a graduate of the Masters in Social Work program at the University of Georgia.  What is grief? Grief is [...]

By |2020-05-05T05:53:13-05:00May 6th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , , |0 Comments

COVID–19 and the Death of Death

Death is on people’s minds these days, whether they want it to be or not. According to a recent report by White House science advisors, there is a chance that between 100,000 and 240,000 people will die because of the Coronavirus. In the face of such a staggering number of fatalities, what each of us does, or does not do, [...]

By |2020-04-10T12:30:41-05:00April 10th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

This Holy Week, Remember That You Are Going to Die

This week, the Presbyterian theologian Carl Trueman reflected on what Christians ought to learn about ourselves and about the world from the COVID-19 pandemic. One thing, he says, seems obvious: “The levels of general panic indicate that few of us have been properly prepared for the reality of our own mortality.” Many Christians have reflected on the significance of the [...]

By |2020-04-03T14:47:43-05:00April 3rd, 2020|Categories: Church Year, Theology|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

I Don’t Want a Celebration of Life, I Want a Burial Service

When I die, please don't call my burial service a Celebration of Life. Don't get me wrong, I hope that people will want to celebrate my life. I just don't want this to replace my Christian burial. I want to be buried according to the rites of a Christian. I want to be one more brother in Christ, saved by [...]

By |2019-01-06T18:36:51-06:00August 30th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , , , |19 Comments

Thank you Bishop, and Good-bye

Ten years ago Fran and I flew to Orlando to say some words to my former bishop, Donis Patterson.  We had not been friends, but when I had heard that his health was failing I felt we had to go to see him. To thank him. In 1985 he appointed me as 'Missioner' of the diocese and sent me to Plano to start a church. [...]

By |2019-03-08T14:55:05-06:00May 24th, 2016|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

The Funeral: Pastoring in the time of Mourning

A funeral is one of the most difficult things anyone may ever have to do. Even as “professionals,” it is often difficult to know what to do or what to say. Often we may not even know the deceased that well. They may have been a family member of a parishioner, or they may have attended our church at times, even regularly, but [...]

By |2018-07-10T13:25:06-05:00May 3rd, 2016|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , , |2 Comments