Social media is abuzz in the recent trial that convicted former Stanford student Brock Turner of the rape of a young woman. What has everyone talking is the fact that the judge gave Turner a six month sentence and he might get out sooner for good behavior. To pour more gasoline on the fire, Turner's... Continue Reading →
What’s So Wrong About Being A Bivocational Pastor?
The longer I walk in church circles, the more I find pastors who are allergic to a certain turn of phrase: Bivocational clergy. The mere mention of this option curdles the face of most pastors I've known and read. It's certainly viewed in a less favorable light than full-time ministry. People look at you funny... Continue Reading →
Trees. Forest. Pastor.
One of the things that is common among folks with Aspergers is that they lack executive function skills. What's executive function? It's basically being able to see the forest from the trees. You can look at a tree in a forest and comprehend that it's part of a greater whole. What's different for someone with... Continue Reading →
Thoughts About Young Clergy
Carol Howard Merritt has a post up about the young clergy crisis. Here's a bit of her post: Since I’ve been chairing a national Presbyterian Church (USA) committee on the Nature of the Church for the 21st century, I’ve been gaining a different perspective on many of the larger trends of our denomination. One thing... Continue Reading →
Notes from a Scrapper
I've been meaning to share this post by Carol Howard Merritt, but life has been busy and so I never did get around to it. But hearing about some fellow Disciples of Christ clergy who feel that they have no place in the church reminded me of it again. She uses the term "Scrappers" to... Continue Reading →
Death Penalty PR
The following post is adapted from a post on my political blog last month. In all the hubbub surrounding the execution of Troy Davis, there was little mention of another execution taking place in Texas on the same day: As Texas prepares to execute one of his father's killers, Ross Byrd hopes the state shows... Continue Reading →
Lillian Daniel, Adam Copeland and the SBNRs
My last post created a lot of comments on Facebook. A colleague of mine disagreed with the article and me for the attitude against those who consider themselves "spiritual but not religious." Actually, I was agreeing to a short article written by UCC pastor Lillian Daniel and her comments have received a bit of criticism... Continue Reading →