Church, Ministry Connections

Too Casual?

I am all for casual dress. I am a jeans and t-shirt kind of guy during the week. I like to be comfortable. I love my driving caps, and my pair of bright red Converse All-Stars. I do not, however wear those things when I am ministering publicly. That's not to say I somehow transform… Continue reading Too Casual?

Church, Cross Posts

Eleven Things Pastors Should Remember about People

Last week, I reposted a list of eleven things you need to know about your pastor. I wanted to follow that list up with some things that pastors need to remember about the people of their congregations. As a pastor, whose vocation is the ministry of the gospel, it is easy to forget that not… Continue reading Eleven Things Pastors Should Remember about People

Church, Ministry Connections

Eleven Things You Need to Understand about Your Pastor

Lyn Swenson is one of our dear friends and a veteran of decades of ministry in Japan. He is a member of our congregation and a voice always worth hearing. This Sunday, after the worship gathering Lyn handed me a newsletter from First Baptist Church, Portland, Maine. The newsletter included something that Pastor Keith Moore… Continue reading Eleven Things You Need to Understand about Your Pastor

Church, Ministry Connections

Worth Reading had a great article on the vulnerability of pastors. Worth reading.

Church, Ecclesiology (Church), Theology

Resurrecting Churches

I have to say that I really enjoy reading Kurt Willems' blog over at Pangea. I have been reading it for the past couple of weeks and while I don't necessarily agree with his perspective on some things, he gives you something to talk about. Reasons for Planting Churches Kurt is an Anabaptist and currently… Continue reading Resurrecting Churches


Working for the church -OR- THE CHURCH

In the United Methodist Church, pastors are moved every 2-5 years. It is expected. As a result, pastors generally do not purchase homes but live in provided housing. This used to be a common state of affairs in most denominations. Pastors rarely owned homes, instead living in a church-owned property. This is how my father’s… Continue reading Working for the church -OR- THE CHURCH