Monthly Archives: June 2014

A New Police Chief

One of the best lessons in ministry came in a police car. For six years one of my privileges was to be a volunteer police chaplain for the Colorado Springs Police Department. Lots of stories, even some sermon illustrations [i.e. … Continue reading

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The Folly of Being The Greatest

This Sunday’s Bible lesson starts with a question, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?” Ever thought about that? If you are the greatest? What it takes to be the greatest? Brought clearly to focus how important to … Continue reading

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Worth….Your Checkbook Isn’t A Factor

Okay. I could’ve commented with a nod, perhaps a smile. Or I could have shut up. Or I could have said something polite, with an answer, “I don’t know.” But I didn’t. And it wasn’t a newscast that was being … Continue reading

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Toughest Task In Ministry

I remember—one of those moments when being silent would have been better. Was visiting, more than 20 years after seminary, with a seminary professor friend of mine. Told him I was writing a new book. He was pleased. Until. I … Continue reading

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The Mud Slide

We all know about it. From the first movement the Mud Slide at Oso, Washington, riveted our attention. I’m sure your reaction mirrored mine: horrifying, devastating, hopelessness abounding—or perhaps sliding. Homes destroyed, lives buried deep—perhaps beyond reach. Yes, as with … Continue reading

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Celebrating Differences

Dale Staggemeier is a valued clergy colleague, serving a church in Houston. Previous to that, when I was the Conference Minister, he served an UCC congregation outside of Houston. Each day Dale sends a brief message. He’s given me permission … Continue reading

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The Value of Defeat

I don’t have a bulletin board entitled, Mess Ups [although a list would be way more than three items]. More, I don’t have a bulletin board entitled The Opinion of Others, “Ministry was not your best option at age 16.” … Continue reading

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