Pastoral Lessons from Banksy

October 23, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Be very careful what you wish for.        In the world of pastoral ministry (especially the evangelical variety) what seems to be wished for with an increasing frequency is fame. Despite the fact that it is often shrouded in more spiritual terms like “influence” or “maximizing capacity,” there […]

How Hipsters Became More Powerful than the Gates of Hell

August 15, 2013 at 6:28 pm

“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matt. 16:1   Scene 1: I am on staff at a Presbyterian church that follows a formal Presbyterian liturgy. I am taking a respite […]

Our Final Lesson

March 28, 2013 at 1:22 pm

He didn’t take his seat right away like the others. He stood in the doorway and watched as we gathered around the table to dine. We kept motioning for him to come and sit, but he stood silently, resolved to wait until something else happened first. I didn’t know what. […]