Sometimes I can get crabby. My car breaks down, another snow storm comes, another child has to visit to Urgent Care, my insurance coverage might change, folks don’t like being Presbyterian anymore, etc, etc. It is all things that are out of my control that can drive me to a level of melancholy and angst. […]

Who did you start out to be? And who are you becoming?

In honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This is from my morning devotional Inward/Outward. I highly recommend subscribing to their devotionals. Becoming Ourselves by Kayla McClurg When I reflect on the life and witness of Martin Luther King, Jr., one thing that strikes me is obvious: he didn’t start out to be who […]

On Marriage

This is Just to Say William Carlos Williams I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving for breakfast Forgive me they were delicious so sweet and so cold This is my favorite poem on marriage.  I know. I’m a little strange.  But I love it,  because it […]

Painting Spiritual Leadership

The Alban Institute’s latest “Congregations” has an article entitled “Leaders are Lovers,”  by Herbert Anderson.  It’s an article I wish I had written.  Anderson talks about the importance of bonds and boundaries in ministry. He says, “pastoral bonds are as important as pastoral boundaries because connected leaders are differentiated leaders.” He asks the question, “what […]