Two years ago, I wrote my 22 best practices that have helped me survive and thrive through 22 years of pastoral ministry. Last year I added one more practice to the list which should have been there from the start: taking regular sabbaticals which have been generously provided by my church and have also been … Continue reading What is the Secret to Flourishing?
This summer as I've been reviewing my website and related links, I've discovered that an earlier article on my call to pastoral ministry is unfortunately no longer available. I had originally shared my story as part of a series on women in ministry, and called my article, An Accidental Pastor. Now that link goes to a … Continue reading How God Called Me into Pastoral Ministry
Since I started blogging, I've seen many other blogs come and go. Some were created for a specific time and purpose with a limited life span. Others fell into disuse and eventually closed. Some bloggers grew tired or disillusioned or both, and left the often relentless pace of blogging behind. Unfortunately that means that some … Continue reading On a Pilgrimage, Following Jesus
Get motivated and get the word out. Instead of giving up something for Lent this year, I decided to start a small group that would use Christ Is for Us. After working on the book last year, I was eager to share the published version, so I committed to prayer, put out the word, invited anyone interested … Continue reading How to Start a Small Group
In my mind’s eye, I can see one panel of a Pontius Puddle cartoon. The earth stands in the centre, and radiating out all around are cartoon speech bubbles asking, What can one person do? What can one person do? What can one person do? What can one person do? What can one person do? … Continue reading What is God Doing Through the Church?
Any time is a good time to give thanks, and that definitely includes Advent and Christmas. So today I give thanks that the All-Powerful One who is All-Goodness came to us in Jesus. And I'm glad to share the following litany of thanks inspired by Psalm 100 and written by Stacey Gleddiesmith, a gifted worship arts leader and teacher. … Continue reading The All-Powerful One is All-Goodness
I love so much about the annual meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature and American Academy of Religion (SBLAAR). I love the way they're in a different city each year, and this year I loved being back in San Antonio. I love the app that lets me browse through the list of over 1200 … Continue reading On Being an Imposter at the Academy
What's wrong with the church? Only 15% of Canadians attend worship services on a weekly basis. Fewer young families and young people remain engaged. Donation budgets are in decline. Aging buildings add to the financial pressures. Church denominations struggle with theological controversy, with some individual churches separating or causing all out denominational rifts. Yet in … Continue reading The Flourishing Church in the New Testament and Today