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

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

Receiving Love in Loss

On Trinity Sunday this year, I did not have the strength to lead worship. I needed to be present with my wife and children to grieve and rest. This May brought unexpected heartbreak, a shock we were not prepared following the anticipation of new life we had entering the spring. This past March I came to Apostles on an ordinary Lenten Sunday with [...]

By |2015-06-09T07:49:04-05:00June 9th, 2015|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , , |1 Comment
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