The Preacher’s Weekly Offering

Teri McDowell Ott, in her insightful reflection in a June issue of Christian Century, “Firm Ground for Ministry: Between the ego’s demands and the urge to hide”, set me to pondering, once again, the mysterious anomaly of preaching. From the earliest days of the church, preaching, proclamation of Gospel has been at the heart of […]

A Sense of Common Ministry

Father Andrew Greeley’s death last week set me to thinking about the changing relationships between Catholics and Protestants and the unique relationship between Catholic and Protestant clergy. Greeley suffered a tragic accident and brain injury five years ago and has been in ill health ever since. He died in his home on May 29th. He […]

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 […]