Understanding Mental Health Days

Every now and again I take a “mental health day.” These are typically needed in one of two situations. After a major event in which I’ve been heavily involved. During a span of time in which my official time away from my vocation work are spread out 1. I treat mental health days as mini-sabbaticals,…

Habitat

A pastor is a public figure. This is an aspect of the calling with which I’ve never felt comfortable, but as I’ve grown older 1 it is something with which I’ve come to terms. So when Habitat For Humanity reached out to local clergy to participate in a dedication I swallowed my introverted aversion and…

The Nicest Thing

Someone said just about the nicest thing they could say to me this week when I was out on a pastoral visit . “I love having you over because we’re just talking, it’s not like you’re ‘company.’” While I am quite comfortable with my calling as a pastor, I’ve never been comfortable with being The…

Why I Love Lent

Of all the seasons in the Church year, Lent is the one to which I’m most drawn. It’s a season of spiritual reset and reorientation, a deliberate move to be joined to the story of Jesus. While I appreciate the other seasons of the Church year, Lent is the one which absolutely refuses to make…

Drifters

I don’t have much to say on this one. Any pastor can relate to the existence of “drifters.” People in a hopeless search for a perfect community in which they don’t have to feel any tension. Unfortunately for drifters, the tension 1 we feel in community is partly how the Holy Spirit leads us into…

The Celebrity

I’ve written about this before, but I’m seeing it pop up the last couple of weeks and thought to reflect again. Our culture loves the idea of “celebrity,” and this notion has impacted the church a lot more than Christians like to admit. We have own celebrities – worship leaders, musicians, and pastors – and…