Abuse Prevention in the Local Church

Ten or Fifteen years ago, I used to hear people in church say, “Why do we need to have a sexual abuse prevention program? That kind of thing wouldn’t happen here.” No one says that anymore.

Jesus said that we should never allow a little one to stumble. We need to take our responsibility seriously to provide as safe a community […]

By |2022-03-21T11:45:17-05:00August 11th, 2016|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |0 Comments

Herding Cats


Comedians often use humor as social commentary. A joke can slip through our defenses, expose our hidden hypocrisy, question our cherished beliefs, scrutinize our preconceived notions, and all this while making us laugh at ourselves. Such jokes are nearer parables than we often realize. They are humorous precisely because we recognize […]

By |2015-12-15T07:47:57-06:00December 15th, 2015|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Does Christian Ministry Make a Difference?

None of us want to spend a life in ordained or lay ministry, serving to build up the Church and serve the world, only later to realize that it makes no difference. We don’t want to build sand castles, only to watch the tide wash them away.

Sand Castles at High Tide?

Even if we believe the Gospel is powerful and true, […]

By |2022-03-21T11:45:34-05:00October 7th, 2015|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , , , |2 Comments