Listening. Much Listening.

Listening. Much Listening.

I’ve been doing a lot of listening. Counseling students before they leave for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Engaged in conversations with pastors who are struggling to adjust to this new season of life and ministry. Hearing stories from others who are battling life with...
Things Can Change Quickly

Things Can Change Quickly

November brings back many memories.  Thanksgiving meals when I was a child. Mama laughing. People talking, all at the same time. Cold days in Georgia. Watching football games with family. Shivering hands, thick coats, big smiles, delicious deserts.  Thanksgiving...
Love

Love

From my book, Pause for Pastors: Finding Still Waters in the Storm of Ministry. Love, the decision to care, must guide our choices no matter how we feel. Love, as Paul eloquently and accurately and practically describes in 1 Corinthians 13, is so much more than a...
Needing a Little Laughter

Needing a Little Laughter

Life hasn’t been very funny lately. Humor hasn’t seemed to fit. I hear the news. Most isn’t good. I read the reports. Most aren’t good. I notice the debates, feel the tension, observe the division, and worry about the next person to become ill. So much is so sad. Too...
A Brief Important Reminder

A Brief Important Reminder

Sad news comes to us. Often. Bad news stays nearby. Always. But amid the difficult days, I pray we remember the good opportunities we have. I hope we live well while alive. What can we do? *Love one another.*Be kind to people no matter how they treat...
A Brief Important Reminder

Let Change Begin with Us

Summer is nearing her end. Schedules change. But how are we changing? What decisions are we making to bring healthy change? We find it easy to complain about others. Are we doing what we should to let change begin with us? Here are a few suggestions from chapters 13,...
Faith and Wisdom

Faith and Wisdom

From the book Pause for Pastors: Finding Still Waters in the Storm of Ministry. I believe in the balanced diet of faith and reason. I reject selecting one of those components while rejecting the other. Most groups and individuals—most pastors and churches—accentuate...
Love

Relationships are Risky but Needed

Yes, relationships are risky. And painful. And reminders of previous pains. But they are crucial to becoming who we should be. Let’s not avoid relational risk. Let’s invest in the lives of those around us. I love reading the stories of Jesus spending time with His...
Faith and Wisdom

hiring

from the book embracing now: pain, joy, healing, living   he defers the privilege,  rejecting an expected response  of quid pro quo script.  choosing instead to cherish  honesty, refusing to accept  its disappearance.  desperation...
An MRI and A Reminder About Ministry

An MRI and A Reminder About Ministry

From the book Pause for Pastors: Finding Still Waters in the Storm of Ministry. They asked me to change clothes. Actually, to take off most of what I had on and to replace it only with shorts and a gown. Not my normal dress code. But I wasn’t entering a normal place....