Isolation

No I don’t currently feel this way, nor are the people depicted in this comic targets for this strip (both are wonderful friends, actually). I HAVE felt isolated as I’ve pursued the pastoral vocation in the past, however, and far too many pastors I meet are in this situation. They are isolated not out of…

The Modern Pastor

I’ve lamented for years that so much pastoral energy is spent on being nothing more than a mid-level manager for a dysfunctional organization. This is my tribute to the woes of the modern pastor, with a special thanks to Central Baptist Church for freeing me from this world. Now, I do need to work on…

Towards Production

My post the other day shared some of my thoughts on what Central might be able to do to encourage students towards the gift of being able to think. If we go that route, and I hope we do, it’s going to be a long process to do right – and, frankly, I won’t be…

Oh the Frustration

I have to say that I’m infrequently frustrated with my national denomination. I say “infrequently” because that’s the best way to describe how and when I pay attention to my national denomination at all. Why am I frustrated? I’m frustrated because the level of disconnect from the world of the national denomination and the world…

Outdated Education

A couple of weeks ago I read a blog post over on ShellyPalmer.com entitled, “What if your dream job does’t exist anymore?”  It was all about a several conversations that Shelly had with people trying to break into the news media business – looking for dream jobs that either no longer exist, or will soon…

What I Live For…

Over the last week I’ve experienced two things which reinforced the fact that I’m actually called to this ministry – despite my constant feelings of being woefully inadequate. The first came when one person from our community stepped way out of her comfort-zone, stood up in front of a large crowd, and exercised her wonderful…