As of last Easter Sunday, I've now been pastoring in my congregation for 23 years! I didn't mention that in my Easter sermon since I wanted every precious minute to focus on the resurrection of Jesus, but as I've been catching my breath during this post-Easter week, I marked my anniversary in ministry by re-reading … Continue reading 13 Best Practices for a Healthy and Happy Sabbatical
No, I don't have a hyphenated last name, and I don't live south of the border in the USA, but I do have something in common with both Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and Nadia Bolz-Weber because we each spoke at Seattle Pacific University this month. I was excited by the invitation to speak as part of SPU's … Continue reading What I have in common with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and Nadia Bolz-Weber (and you do too)
Last month I started a new preaching series on the Ten Commandments as a vision for healthy community. After that intro, we’re now spending one Sunday morning on each of the ten commandments with a sermon and a response time following. “Every sermon should be followed by this kind of discussion,” a first-time guest said … Continue reading Ten Commandments for Getting the Most Out of the Ten Commandments
Please welcome Lisa Ackland Carriere, who is a new friend, ministry-focused writer, and college English educator. Lisa is currently working on a book about women in ministry entitled Divine Call: How Women Leaders Overcome Ministry Challenges. I appreciate what she has to say about work, rest, and prayer, and hope that you will too! It’s … Continue reading God Wants to Do Your Work for You. So What Do You Need to Do? Rest.
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
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
Last week, I was pleased to spend a few days at the beautiful Barnabas Family Ministries retreat centre on Keats Island. I loved the warm hospitality and accommodations in the Carriage House (on the left below), and the excellent farm-fresh meals served in the Lamplighter Cottage (on the right). It was the perfect setting to be on … Continue reading On Finding a Healthy Rhythm of Work and Rest
My book review of Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus by C. Christopher Smith and John Pattison (IVP, 2014).