“Taking the Long View” Reflections of a Retired Pastor

(This is a talk I gave to “The Saints” which is the United Church of Christ retired clergy group in the Connecticut Conference of the UCC. The talk was in Cromwell, CT on May 14, 2015) I’d like to thank you for inviting me to be with you today. I have great respect for ministry […]

The Cross and Violence: A Rumination

Is the cross of Jesus Christ implicated in the violence of our world? More specifically, does the church’s theology of the cross, expressed in its various views of atonement, contribute to fostering violence? The English word “atonement” was made up by the pioneering translator, William Tyndale, when he translated the Bible into English. It was […]

Pastoralia

Prepare Three Envelopes: A Parable about Pastoral Ministry The Lost Soul of the Procedural Church Ten Highly Effective Strategies for Crushing your Pastor’s Morale Ruminations on Burnout: Should Pastors Really be Working? Is Clergy Burnout a Symptom of a Crisis of Identity and Vocation? Pastor’s Aren’t Prophets: Some Unsolicited Advice for Newly-Minted Ministers A Hundred […]