Tag Archives: vocation

The MonkeySphere Reigns

I’ve never given my thoughts about the monkey sphere in any comprehensive fashion on this blog before.  I won’t do that today either.  However,  check out these articles (here and here) about the monkey sphere and to get a great … Continue reading

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What I Really Think

I have a public job.  I, in part, hold a trust to represent my organization in a positive and careful manner.  I am also a blogger and an opinionated person.  These things do not always come together well. I remember … Continue reading

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Pastoral Manifesto – You Cannot Grow Your Church

“You are not responsible for a big church or a popular church or a relevant church…culture decides that.  You are responsible for a healthy church.  Look for signs of health and wellness… not growth potential.” There are many adages that … Continue reading

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Manifesto – Preamble

I’m a pastor.  There…I said it. I’ve been a pastor for about 15 years beginning in college and continuing to my present vocation today.  I’ve loved and I’ve hated being a pastor…at times simultaneously.  I’ve worked in suburban churches, inner-city … Continue reading

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Sabbatical Thoughts – Priorities

As my sabbatical moved along I began to feel anxious about being productive.  I knew that I needed to unwind and depressurize.  I knew that I need rest and rejuvenation.  But – after all that was “done” – I felt … Continue reading

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Sabbatical Thoughts – Perspective

Sabbaticals are a great opportunity to think deeply about things that either you never get the time too think about OR are too immersed in a specific context to see clearly (or at least relatively unobstructed).  By having an exclusive, … Continue reading

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Sabbatical Thoughts – Rest

One of the major reasons that another would be offered and take a sabbatical is the opportunity for rest and renewal.  Prior to leaving on my sabbatical (and during the first couple weeks) I had many conversations with people who … Continue reading

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