25 Self-care Ideas for Strength: for our bodies

Welcome to the final part of this series on self-care for heart, soul, mind, and strength: Part 1 - 25 Self-care Ideas for the Heart: for singles, widows, married people, and everyone Part 2 - 25 Self-care Ideas for the Soul: for students, ministry people, and everyone Part 3 - 25 Self-care Ideas for the … Continue reading 25 Self-care Ideas for Strength: for our bodies

Thanksgiving Sunday Gratitude Journal

I paid a visit to one of our church seniors who has not been able to participate in worship as she once did. Yet while she feels physically weak in some ways, her spirit remains as strong as ever, for when I asked, "How are you?" she said, "I'm so grateful that I hardly know … Continue reading Thanksgiving Sunday Gratitude Journal

In the Christian Faith, How is Fasting a Divine Source of Health?

Last year I participated in an Interfaith Symposium for the first time, and this year I gladly accepted a second invitation, again as part of a panel with several speakers, this time on fasting as a divine source of spiritual and physical health. Like last year, I was impressed by the warm welcome of our … Continue reading In the Christian Faith, How is Fasting a Divine Source of Health?

How to have a great staycation that will refresh and energize you

When I was a child, summer vacation meant badminton and make-believe in the backyard, walking to the library and coming home with my arms full of books, eating home-made "popsicles" that my mom made by freezing orange juice in ice-cube trays. We'd sometimes drive to see our cousins in Seattle or Astoria, and one time … Continue reading How to have a great staycation that will refresh and energize you

In the Christian faith, how is fasting an aid to peace?

Thank you to all those who prayed, questioned, encouraged, offered resources, attended, and otherwise expressed interest in last week's interfaith event where I had been invited as one of three featured speakers on the topic of fasting as an aid to peace. In my previous article written before the event, What is Interfaith Dialogue and How to … Continue reading In the Christian faith, how is fasting an aid to peace?

22 Time-Tested Ways to Love Your Pastor

At last count, My 22 Best Practices in 22 Years of Pastoral Ministry has been shared 412 times on Facebook alone, which is a record for my modest little blog. I’ve been blown away by the interest of thousands of readers. As I’ve been mulling over this incredible response, I also realize how much my … Continue reading 22 Time-Tested Ways to Love Your Pastor

My 22 best practices in 22 years of pastoral ministry

When I first accepted my congregation's call to pastoral ministry, a friend from another church said, "I don't know whether to say congratulations or condolences." He was familiar with the stress that can come with any ministry and knew that my congregation's previous pastor had a difficult leave-taking. "I'm worried for you," he said. He … Continue reading My 22 best practices in 22 years of pastoral ministry

Renewal: Sacred Pauses for Leaders

The headline just below the fold in last Tuesday's National Post intrigued me: New mantra for working fathers: Lean out. Financial titan quit after critique by daughter. The article told the story of Mr. Mohamed El-Erian, Chief Executive Officer of the world's largest bond firm and the father of a ten-year-old daughter. One evening, he … Continue reading Renewal: Sacred Pauses for Leaders