Category: Being a Pastor

  • Funerals

    October 16, 2019
    I've had what feels like a rash of funerals (three in a little more than a month). That has meant…
  • Mainline Churches and Producing Culture

    June 19, 2019
    A couple of weeks ago, some posts in my Twitter feed started talking about a vacation bible school curriculum from…
  • Rewriting Sermons

    October 17, 2018
    A while ago, I was having trouble with a sermon that I was working on. I had read the scripture…
  • Preaching and Listening

    August 15, 2018
    For my birthday this year, my wife generously bought be a new tenor saxophone. I started on clarinet in sixth…
  • The Relationship between Hours Worked and Energy Spent (And How There Isn’t One)

    August 8, 2018
    As a pastor, my schedule is pretty fluid. There are some fixed points: worship is at 9:30am on Sundays, confirmation…
  • Prophetic Prayer

    May 30, 2018
    After seemingly every tragedy that gets national attention, one colleague or another shows up in my social media feeds to…
  • The Invisible Work of Being a Pastor

    May 9, 2018
    It was going to happen eventually... and it did. A member of my congregation made a small complaint, in passing,…
  • Sermons Are Not Systematic

    March 21, 2018
    The United Church of Christ is a non-creedal tradition. That means that we don't have a list of Things People…
  • A First Attempt at a Schedule

    February 19, 2018
    One of the first questions I had when I was called as a local church pastor was how to schedule…
  • About This Blog: Being a Pastor

    February 16, 2018
    In an earlier post, I wrote about refocusing this blog on three topics: charity, fundraising and communications, and being a…

Pin It on Pinterest