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Small But Unlimited
May 21, 2018—
As a bi-vocational pastor, I am constantly reflecting on how one vocation informs the other. I serve a small congregation but I also work through The Outreach Foundation to resource small churches, and to connect them with our global partners.
The Presbyterian church in Taguasco, Cuba, is the easternmost... + Read More
Pastor as Pinball
May 3, 2018—
I remember a day when – as a parish pastor – I chose cover art for a worship bulletin, did Greek word studies for a sermon on the Gospel of Luke, visited a new mom in the hospital, testified as a character witness in a military trial, moderated a session meeting, and talked with a newly retired member about... + Read More
Termination Hurts More Than Just the Minister
April 30, 2018—
When we hear of a minister being terminated, we may think about a “gang of three” as the instigators and carriers of bad news that a minister must leave. Or we may think about the minister who was terminated and the family who had their world turned upside down by the very group that called the minister to... + Read More
"How do I make sense of the way God engages with me?"
April 26, 2018—"It's invaluable. It's scary. It's joyful. But all-in-all, it brings you closer to God."
Spiritual Direction, often called spiritual companioning
or spiritual friendship
, is an intentional relationship between a person seeking spiritual guidance and a trained individual (the spiritual... + Read More
On Demanding a Surrendered Life
April 5, 2018—
My book, Blessed at the Broken Places: Reclaiming Faith and Purpose with the Beatitudes
, shows how the Beatitudes of Jesus validate the faith of people in emotional pain. It addresses people whose suffering arises from normal losses and conflicts or from physical or mental illness.
Stigma against... + Read More
Exploring God's Promise: "I am with you"
March 29, 2018—Rev. Amy Poling Sutherlun
, author of the 2018-2019 PW/Horizons Bible Study will lead this summer’s class designed to prepare bible study leaders for the PW/Horizons Bible Study, God’s Promise: I Am with You
. This study... + Read More