By Paul Koch – Once a month, all my colleagues get together for a regular meeting of all the pastors in our circuit. We sit around and talk shop over coffee and breakfast type foods. We undertake some sort of theological study and catch up on any important news from our district (though it’s never … Continue reading Triple Filtered Sermon
By Joel Hess - John R. Cash on why your pastor wears black. Yeah, there is more to add to the theology here, but you can argue with Mr. Cash when you see him on that glorious day. Well, you wonder why I always dress in black, Why you never see bright colors on my … Continue reading Why Your Pastor Wears Black
By Bob Hiller - There seems to be an inordinate amount of literature on pastoral leadership these days. Some of it is good and helpful. I have personally benefited in wonderful ways from a leadership program I was involved with some time back. But other leadership material is not as useful. I worry that some … Continue reading Are Pastors Called to Be Leaders?
By Paul Koch - There is great comfort found in the traditional liturgy of the Church. When you wander into a congregation gathered around the gifts of Christ, the liturgy of their worship provides a rhythm and focus to the things that are happening. There is a movement and purpose that aids in carrying the … Continue reading A Liturgy of Doubt
By Bob Hiller - Something rather significant happened in the NCAA championship this past Monday night. No, it’s not that I filled out the winning bracket in my pool. That dream died on the second afternoon of the tournament. No, the significance lies in how Villanova won. This is their second championship in the last … Continue reading What the Church Can Learn from Villanova
By Joel A. Hess - Keith was bent over with the pain. “Pastor! I’m scared.” They came in with cords and needles and tied him up as if they were tying up the illness. I held his hand and prayed. He squeezed tightly. All he saw was illness, pain, death, hopelessness. I held his hand … Continue reading Let Me Be Your Eyes
By Joel A. Hess - In Jocko Willink’s wonderful book, “Extreme Ownership,” he begins with a story of the first significant time he failed as a leader of SEAL time expedition. He talks about it as a turning point in his understanding of taking ownership as a leader. More precisely, he realized the importance and … Continue reading Pastors: Stop blaming the Bride