I received a query the other day regarding how to handle a situation where one pastor does (or doesn’t do) something that another pastor does. In this case, it was the issue of making pastoral calls/visits to members or potential members. This is something that many pastors have found to be an important part of their ministry in terms of forging personal bonds with parishioners and making people feel welcomed, loved, and valued. Other pastors have found it to be a massive investment of time with little tangible return. Some pastors feel ill-equipped for this particular aspect of ministry, and prefer their elders or others more inclined or equipped to handle visitations.
Archive for June, 2011
I’m pretty sure that everyone who has any idea Ted Nugent is, let alone grew up listening to his music, is stunned to consider him a social and political commentator. And yet, such is life. If anything truly surprises people, I think they simply haven’t been paying very close attention to stuff.
- Today’s generation is “stoned on apathy”
- Today’s generation may be the first in US history to make less money than their parents
- The national debt levels today are indefensible
- The economy is already suffering so that many college graduates are being forced to live with their parents
- Ongoing engagement in war around the globe without clear commitment to victory is ridiculous
- Therefore, the apathetic response of American youth today is unwarranted and dangerous
…but this sort of stuff makes me very, very nervous. I just wish I could remember why…
Today is Holy Trinity Sunday – a day set aside by liturgical Christian churches to dwell on the mystery that is the Trinity. In our congregation as in many others, we’ll recite the third and least well known (and least liked!) of the three Ecumenical Creeds that lay the framework for what a Christian believes based on Holy Scripture. While the Apostles’ and Nicene Creed are recited more frequently, the Athanasian Creed is not. It’s long, it’s cumbersome, and it sounds repetitive.
In case you weren’t aware, it’s possible that there is a liberal bias on the part of key individuals in the television and movie industry. Really. This article proves it. Or at least it promises that the book will. Then again, will there be a book that counters this with secret interviews of conservatives in the industry (assuming it can find them)?
This is a great little essay a colleague shared on Facebook the other day. It briefly summarizes the unique and counter-cultural nature of Christianity as it pertains to having children, getting married, or living life as a single person.
Red or blue? Liberal or conservative? Republican or Democrat? Is there an appropriate way for Christians to vote?
All of the jumpsuits are the same drab bluish grey. The tables are stainless steel, polished to a spit shine so that the overhead lighting is reflected painfully up even when you bow your head to avoid it from above. The sturdy stainless steel seats that jut out from beneath the tables are designed specifically to make sitting an immensely unpleasant prospect after just a few moments. When we arrive the small room off of the main cell block is filled with the blaring noise of the television on the wall. A guard comes in and uses a special key to turn off the television so we can hear one another.
This is surprising only in that it has taken so long for this issue to arise. There is a battle against Alcoholics Anonymous by people who wish to utilize some of the basic concepts while rejecting the most fundamental one.
I haven’t seen this issue come up in the headlines more, which is kind of surprising. The governor of Florida signed into law a provision requiring drug tests for adults applying for welfare assistance. There is a fee for the screening which the applicant must pay. If they pass the screening and are eligible for aid, they will apparently be reimbursed the cost of the screening in their benefits. If they fail, they are not reimbursed.