No Story So Divine

Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? Look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow… Lamentations 1:12 For as long as I can remember I have been acutely aware of the conflict Christians experience during Holy Week. Long gone are the days when the culture acknowledged the sanctity of […]

Eastertide

The message and meaning of Easter continue long after the day and its wonderful customs and celebrations are over. Christians observe a small Easter every Sunday when we gather to worship on the first day of the week, Resurrection Day. The ancient church designated the time after Easter Day as Eastertide or the Season of […]

A Glorious Truth

Easter crowds are huge. Churches schedule extra Sunday morning services plus a Sunrise Service at the local park. Pews are full to overflowing at 11:00. People who don’t attend church all year are there on Easter Sunday morning. Sometimes preachers can’t resist the temptation and try to disguise their consternation in the form of hackneyed humor, wishing the congregation a […]

Easter Sunday

What is there about Easter for a clergyperson not to love? Sanctuaries and worship spaces are decorated with beautiful flowers, the hymns are triumphant, brass players augment the strong organ and hymn singing. People pay particular attention to their attire, children sport new Easter outfits and some women even wear hats. Best of all, pews […]

Easter is Coming

Early in my ministry I heard Bill Laws, an experienced pastor, denominational leader and trusted mentor to many of us, say that it takes a full five years to learn enough about a congregation to be an effective pastor. After five years, Bill said, your ministry begins and you will be trusted enough to do […]