Some of the time I just remember things I already knew or I hear things in a different way. For example, I find this to be true of the Bible. I’ll read something I’ve read a hundred times or more and something will just stand out differently. I could write a blog a day on… Continue reading a short list of things I’ve learned in 2018
If you haven’t already or need a reminder, please first read the posts on Pastors, and how to choose yours. Then come back here. I’ll wait… One of my heartbreaks in recent years is the trends in the American churches to compare. A lot of what I write sounds like comparisons, and in all honesty,… Continue reading how to choose a church – part trois
I remember European history from high school. I remember a teacher saying something like, War is not about right and wrong. It’s about time and resources. Meaning if you have the time and resources, you’ll win. It’s the kind of lesson that really sunk in, obviously. Cuz I went to high school a few minutes… Continue reading the costs of war
So very many things fall under the category of “until you walk a mile in those shoes” – including that. Empathy is hard. It’s hard work to think of others and feel the range of experience that others have felt. It’s challenging to be gracious and kind and sensitive. It’s heartbreaking and exhausting. And then… Continue reading the work of empathy
The more I’ve thought about it, the more I realize a correlation between pastors and doctors. It’s no mistake that Jesus said, I have come for the sick, not the healthy. I mean, Jesus didn’t say anything by mistake, but my point is that he knew and still knows the struggle is real. It’s real… Continue reading you don’t really want a pastor, do you?