Darkside of Pastoring Faith, Work & Economics

I’m concerned that so many pastors have joined the leadership cult. I have an (unprovable) sense there’s a lack of deep theological and exegetical skills in order to teach the scripture. (When I’m around pastors they don’t talk about what the Spirit taught them in the text. They talk about business — I mean — I’m game but I’d like to …

Couple-Calling

At the beginning of the first premarital counseling session, the Pastor asked the couple, “Why are you getting married?” their first responses were appropriate and normal: “We love each other…God brought us together…our families approve…we share so much in common…” Sometimes if the couple was focused on “full-time” Christian ministry of some kind (evangelism, pastoral leadership, missionary service), they might …

It Takes a Team: Completing a Marathon

In 2008 my wife Kathleen Self completed the San Diego Rock ‘n Roll Marathon with Team in Training, raising funds for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. Our lives had been touched by dear friends succumbing and surviving this disease, so Kathy embarked on a brand new journey. Though she lives an active life, Kathy had never run long distances or attempted anything …