Because the awesomest, craziest week in ministry and trying to bake 150 cream puffs in two hours actually have a lot in common.
On Monday I came home from a wonderful weekend at a Christian camp. My little boys and my husband and I got to worship in God’s beautiful creation, spend time in prayer, talk about what Jesus is doing in our midst. Instead of preaching, we received. Instead of leading, we rested. Instead of being “on,”…… Continue reading Let Us Confess It * 10 Minute Devotional
I’m excited to be featured over at Chronically Whole today, with a post on the uniqueness of grief. Thanks to Stacey Philpot for hosting me! Your Grief Journey, as Unique as Your Loss At the ripe old age of 34, I’ve been to more funerals than most people my age. Some I’ve attended as a friend or…… Continue reading Your Grief, as Unique as Your Loss
(First and foremost, to my current congregants: Have no fear – I am not leaving! This is a post from last year about my former church in Wisconsin. K, on with the post…) If you’ve been going to church for any length of time, odds are you’ve had a pastor leave. Sometimes it’s for another…… Continue reading When a Pastor Moves On
UCC Pastor Lillian Daniel, co-author of An Odd and Wondrous Calling, wrote a Huffington Post piece that went viral a few years ago. In it she vented about her irritation with those who claim to be “spiritual but not religious.” Daniels writes: Being privately spiritual but not religious just doesn’t interest me. There is nothing challenging about having…… Continue reading Personal, not Private * 10 Minute Devotional
My childhood pastor once told our congregation the story of a man walking down a beach tossing starfish back into the water. If they stayed washed up on the beach they would dry out and die, so he tossed them back as he strolled along the ocean’s edge. The problem was that there were thousands of…… Continue reading It Matters to This One * 10 Minute Devotional
As told with a little help from the brilliant 1996 movie That Thing You Do… When you first announce you’re headed to seminary, your friends are like, “Well, if you want to make a lot of money, you probably shouldn’t be a pastor.” 2. You spend your seminary years in a library and you’re all: 3. Then…… Continue reading 10 Gifs That Perfectly Sum Up Being a Pastor