Four Models of Ministry
Posted on January 30, 2017

There are all kinds of ministers. “Yes,” you answer, “there are good ones, adequate ones, and ones that ought to be in some other profession.” Perhaps. But that’s not what I’m getting at. Instead, what I mean is that whereas all ordained clergy are called to ministry, we are not all called (or equipped) to do the same things in the same ways. I want to think about that with you in this blog.

Inauguration Weekend
Posted on January 23, 2017

I write this on Saturday of Inauguration Weekend. We’ve observed democracy at work this weekend in dramatic, if unprecedented, fashion. President Trump’s election and subsequent inauguration stimulated a wide range of emotions from ecstasy to despair, from joy to anger, from confidence to fear, all expressed these past two days in Washington, DC, and every other city, town, and hamlet from coast-to-coast.

Friday
Posted on January 16, 2017

I write this blog on Monday before our 45th President, Donald Trump, is sworn into office on Friday. I’m not sure when you will read it, but that’s okay because it’s not about Mr. Trump. I’m not sure that I can add much to what has been, is being, and will be said about him this week. Instead, this week and its solemnity and seriousness cause me to think about something far more meaningful than any one particular individual. As a Christian and a pastor, I am thinking right now about some of the things we are witnessing at this crucial moment in our nation’s history.

New Beginning
Posted on January 2, 2017

I often wonder what to write about in the first blog of a new year. Arthur Caliandro used to laugh with me about the annual challenge of choosing a title for his first sermon in January. He said the sermons would be, “Beginning Again,” “The Art of Beginning Again,” “You Can Begin Again,” “New Beginnings,” “Starting Over,” “You Can Start Over,” “The Art of Starting Over,” etc. He and I would commiserate about how a preacher’s first sermon in a new year is always the same – only the titles change, and often then not by much.