When I saw the pictures similar to the ones above and below, projected on the screen I turned to our church board chair and whispered, “Hey, where is my horse? You owe me a horse!” She tried to restrain her chuckle. The leaders of local churches who are about to experience a change in pastoral… Continue reading What Itinerancy REALLY Looks Like Today
As a minister you know all too well how intense it is to feel burned out, especially during the High Holy days. You wonder sometimes, is there any way to avoid it? Does it come with the territory? The holidays can be especially stressful for ministers and their families; not only because of the… Continue reading 3 Things Small Church Ministers Can Do (or…Not Do) to Enjoy the Holidays
A Thanksgiving reflection on attributes of Jesus.
One day when I can no longer go on this is what I want to say to new friends: “I am back from the fields I’ve spent there the best of my years Where I’ve been What I’ve seen and heard And the lives that toiled Next to mine I have no doubt That… Continue reading Before Us, Eden
I have indeed Encountered evil In the holiest of places. Gnashing of teeth Fueled by fear By the faithful to a gospel They personally Not know yet. Altars are lifted daily To the gods of comfort To the gods of power To the gods of me and myself To the gods of manipulation And deceit.… Continue reading Enfleshed Evil, Part 1
"Any half-hearted mastermind of mediocrity can shepherd half-living sheep who no longer knoew when they drink or thirst."
I’m standing by… I see all the images Passing by A conflict A few words A gun A shot A black man, another black man Laying still on the side of the road. But ALL lives matter That is why we finish this one Just one more… A single sacrifice Because we can’t risk the… Continue reading #BlackLivesMatter
The trail of peace Freedom For the Israelites Did not start quietly At the silence of the oppressor Drowned Egyptian death At the other side of the Red Sea. It started there, Just the desert; dry plains that will test Heat and pain Over faith Of a God that promised Milk and honey But… Continue reading The Trailblazer
This one screen shot inspired the title of the poem. The video is a must see. He danced on the cross To the rhythm of the morbid A macabre scene of celebration We praise and rejoice to the gore Of blood poured out for others Human sacrifice Just and right Because He is God,… Continue reading Danced on the Cross