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Recovering Reverend

You can take the pastor out of the church, but you can’t take the Church out of the pastor. Nothing is wastedHow I am learning to compost the rotten stuff that comes up in life by Derrick L. Weston In early December I took at day trip to a farm. The unseasonably warm weather made… Read more »

Church in the Middle

Adventures of a mid council leader striving to network, enable, and encourage Trade in your church consultant for an archaeologistAmid changes, congregations and their mid councils should be digging to discover, not uproot.  by Amaury Tañón-Santos It’s been little more than a year since I was called to serve the church in mid-council ministry. And… Read more »

Down Like Waters

The justice-minded musings of a minister   Living WaterA prayer for Flint, Michigan by T. Denise Anderson Living Water,Who forever quenches the thirst of those who drink,Who denies no one access to life-giving nourishment,Who pours out until the vessel is emptySo that we may be covered,So that we might have life,Attend to those who thirst.Attend… Read more »

PresbyHonest

Relevant truth telling with a queer twist An equal measure of graceIt’s hard to be vulnerable when you “represent” a whole sexual identity, race, or gender. by Layton E. Williams Last winter, I had an unexpected conversation with a new friend. We had known each other only casually through our common Presbyterian circles, but she… Read more »

TLC: Think Like a Christian

Seeking transformation through the renewal of our minds ‘We’ve always done it that way’An ode to ruling elders and what’s really going on when a church member resists change by Jeffrey A. Schooley As a relatively new pastor, I’ve heard the phrase “We’ve always done it that way” enough times to drown in it. No… Read more »

Living In Between

Adventures of a Presbyterian pastor on a Jesuit campus How I found resurrection in the Holy LandLessons from a trip to Israel and Palestine by Abby King-Kaiser When an olive tree reaches a certain age, it develops a weathered and gnarly bark full of wrinkles that I hope my face will carry some day, wrinkles… Read more »

Not Quite Right

One slightly unhinged pastor’s attempt to love (and laugh with) a slightly unhinged church, from the inside out. Why (and how) to kill a church programWant a healthier church in 2016? Prune the tree! by Joshua Bower Here’s a typical week for my family, on top of school and work: Monday is my daughter’s gymnastics… Read more »

The No Shame Zone

One young person’s subversive thoughts on church and society   The FDA still doesn’t want gay bloodA recent change to policy underscores continuing discomfort with sex in our society and church. by Tad Hopp Recently, the FDA lifted the decades-old ban on gay men donating blood. This ban was put into effect at the height… Read more »

Ponderings

Things that make you go hmm . . .   The reason . . . What’s the reason for this Christmas season when not all of us are filled with glee? by Shanell T. Smith The reason for the seasonThe birth of Jesus ChristThe purpose for adventThe inception of his lifeThe joy of the SaviorThe… Read more »

justleros = more than just nonsense or disparates

A space for a contemporary woman disciple to give voice to justice concerns in a world where some still think that women’s words are just leros (Greek for “nonsense”) or, in Spanish, disparates   A season of sharingA resource for Sunday’s liturgy based on Luke 3:7–14 by Magdalena I. García John said to the crowds… Read more »