The Responsibility of Ministry

On several occasions I have received requests for assistance that I am not able to fulfill due to the nature of the request.  The request often involve being asked to "solve a problem" for the person asking. These requests come from a misunderstanding of what a minister is, and what exactly a minister does, or … Continue reading The Responsibility of Ministry

Time Flies With the Winds of Change

So many things seem to be happening lately, I am having a hard time keeping up.  This year seems to be flying by.  I can't believe it's June already, and mid-summer is upon us already. There are so many things I want to write about, and so little time  to write with everything going on.  … Continue reading Time Flies With the Winds of Change

Stirring Up Old Emotions

One of my lifelong problems has been that I do not usually express my emotions.  I'm the type that can sit in a comedy show with a stone-cold expression on my face.  Over the course of my life, in my experience, anything else is painful.  And yet, it is through my emotions that my passion … Continue reading Stirring Up Old Emotions

Gratitude versus Demand

So my long work weekend is done, and my work week is almost over.  One of the things about my job is that I get to see a lot of people all the time.  Some are regulars, some just stop in, then leave and I never see them again.  But even in those 30 seconds, … Continue reading Gratitude versus Demand

Walking a Long Path

It's late.  Or early, depending on which end of the day you are looking at it from.  Personally, I'm trying to wind down from a busy night at work, so I can sleep before my long couple of days coming up.  But, it's giving me time to think, and remember. Many years ago, when I … Continue reading Walking a Long Path

Passions Combined

One of my biggest obstacles over the last several years, regarding creativity has been the lack of passion to create.  I've wanted to, even felt driven to at times.  Even when I sit down to write, I often feel like I'm doing "by rote."  It's a job, and it's been devastating to not be able … Continue reading Passions Combined

What’s In A Marriage?

As often happens, today's post comes from lessons and experiences in my own life, and being a minister who performs weddings regularly, that means there's a lot of experience.  But today's lesson isn't just from performing weddings, it's also from my own personal life....and watching my successes and failures, learning from my mistakes.  But just … Continue reading What’s In A Marriage?

Declining Passions

Over the last month or so, as things have time and events have twisted and turned, and settled and unsettled, I've seen a particular subject come up on several occasions, and I think now is the time to bring it up for discussion.  At first, it may seem as though the two specific circumstances may … Continue reading Declining Passions

Sensationalism Run Amuck

Many years ago, I walked away from a potential career in a field that I had loved because I had a major falling out with the actions of one editor.  I would not accept her apologizing for the student newspaper telling the truth. I've never regretted the decision I made that day.  Journalism in any … Continue reading Sensationalism Run Amuck

The Value of Friendship

Many of us will remember as children being told what to, and what not to talk about with others.  Many times, I remember being yelled at by my mother for talking about, what to me, seemed like a small incident or occurrence in the house.  What made it worse for me, is that somehow the … Continue reading The Value of Friendship