Preaching & The Sacred Act Of Noticing

I am moved by the self-awareness of poet and memoirist Patricia Lockwood. Here’s how she words it in the best-selling Priestdaddy: I consider myself on an anthropological mission, much like Margaret Mead. I have discovered that this makes almost anything bearable – it...

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A Bit Of Creekside Reading

Last week, one of Julie's friends took a hike in the North Carolina mountains and decided to bring some reading material with her. I approve of the choice. In fact, she told Julie that this reading in this locale clarified faith for her in a way nothing had before....

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Ann Patchett & The Art Of Sermonating

If you've been following this blog at all, you know that I'm an enormous fan of the fiction of Ann Patchett.  State Of Wonder and Bel Canto are two of the most beautiful and most engaging novels I've read in years.   In The Getaway Car, a little e-reader memoir...

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The Heart Of Pastoring

A Good Shepherd friend and I were emailing earlier this week, and our conversation drifted into the different personal styles of some of the pastors on our staff. Specifically, we were talking about how easy or difficult it is for those of us in pastoral work to tell...

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