Clergy Confession (5)

OK – I will admit to a guilty pleasure – I like action movies. I love any martial arts movie, the “Fast & Furious” series, and “Game of Thrones”. This year I started watching the show, “Preacher” because, well, I like the title. I do not advise that you go out and watch it if…

We are not enemies

I’ve heard it said by many people, so this is not a new idea – you can be pro-police and pro-black lives matter. We are not enemies, and that is what is causing us so much distress. Yes – there are some police who should never touch a gun, and they are sometimes protected by…

Clergy Confessional (4)

I use descriptive language to make a living, so when I speak of someone to another person, I describe them – what they look like or talk like – how they walk or their personality. When I say someone is white or black or latino, it is to help the listener know who I am…

Orlando

This is a Facebook conversation that I think shows how many of us feel right about now. It is in response to a picture of me standing next to a rainbow banner that says “God is still speaking” Not sure if that’s still true Steve sorry bro….questioning His Logic in this goddamn (godforsaken?) world….the age…

Love Them

It was about 5 years ago that our congregation became an Open & Affirming (ONA) Congregation. It took 2 years of study, conversation, and much consternation, but we had an 81% yes vote, and we have never looked back. We lost a number of members who could not deal with this official recognition of who…

Clergy Confessional (3)

While we were in Boston this past weekend, Chris and I searched for a church to attend. There was one that was kind of cutting edge that met in the hotel behind ours, but one Sunday a month (that day, in fact) they go out and do good works instead of worshiping. I’m not sure…

Clergy Confessional (2)

Today I want to talk about music in Church. It may be the thing that we as church professionals (I include Directors of Music, Organists, Pianists, etc) get the most complaints about – and I am not talking so much about the quality of the music (although that is very important), but the kind of…

Clergy Confessional (1)

I love what I do – yes, I really do! I have served in ministry for almost 33 years – that sounds longer than it feels to me – and I have met the most wonderful people you could ever imagine. Pastoral ministry, like all work/vocation, has its good and bad parts. There are aspects…

Re-Creation

We all need to get away – and the picture here is my idea of a perfect vacation. Sun, beach, water, boats, seafood, tiki bars – so many other possibilities. Recreation – re-creating ourselves – is essential to our health. To be whole in body, mind and spirit is to be well-rounded and balanced in…

Bullies

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