Christ’s Most Cherished Resources

Christ’s Most Cherished Resources

Stress filled working conditions and even forced terminations are continuously decimating one of Christ’s most cherished resources, the ministers of His church.  Once upon a time, I experienced this myself and retired, but not happily. I needed time away from…


DECATUR, GA. Ministering to Ministers Foundation (MTM), a long-standing program offering resources for terminated clergy and other church professionals, is now a program administered by the Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Columbia Theological Seminary. 


Founded in 1994 by Dr….

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How to Make a Choice

In Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST) the concept of differentiation of self is all about functioning. One manifestation of the extent to which one is functioning in a self-differentiated manner is how well one can separate feeling from thinking. I…

A Call to Compassion

 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.”  Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple…

Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes Appointed to the Faculty of Columbia Theological Seminary

Dr. Love Sechrest, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Columbia Theological Seminary, announced that Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes was appointed by the Board of Trustees as Professor of Practical Theology and Pastoral Counseling.

“As an institution that…

Your Advice Isn’t Helping

Some time ago someone sent me an e-mail asking for advice on a matter.

I wrote back saying, “I don’t give advice,” though I did provide some resources related to the question.

Later, this person asked me to explain what…

We’re all in transition!

After serving two long-term pastorates over 37 years, I spent my next nine years as an Interim minister serving in four churches.

In those interim positions I came to realize something I had missed seeing in my long-term pastorates –…

The Balancing Act

When I was a teenager I had the opportunity to play in a woodwind quintet for a wedding. It turned out to be a highlight of my musical experiencemy clarinet joining in with the flute, oboe, bassoon, French horn.


The Stuff of Life

Recently I found a new call and made the big move from Tennessee all the way to California.

I have spent weeks unpacking boxes of books and personal mementoes, each time asking myself how I could have acquired so much…

Get Understanding

Few things escape the consequences of their own success.

This axiom seems true even of Bowen Family Systems Theory.

It seems that systems theory is now the “in” thing—never have there been as many courses on it, or more “experts”…

What We Need Is Here: Practicing Resurrection in a Season of Social Distance

Among my favorite passages from the Hebrew Bible is Joshua 3: 1-5. The NRSV version reads like this:


 Early in the morning Joshua rose and set out from Shittim with all the Israelites, and they came to the Jordan….