Pastoral is Political: Stewardship of the Ideal

Today is the umpteenth who-even-knows-anymore day of the Season of COVID, during the weeks of protests for racial justice, in the days following the heart-rending, history-revealing passing of the honorable John Robert Lewis, civil rights leader and U.S. Representative from Georgia. Rep. Lewis died at the age of 80 after 65 years making “good trouble”… Read More

Pastoral Care and Health Care

O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. You are acquainted with all my ways. For it was you who formed my inward parts; I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. – Psalm 139:1-14… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Naaman gets treatment for coronavirus

While the intervention of kings made a political football out of the army commander’s illness, the faithful Elisha kept his mind on his ministry, which was to demonstrate to the world that God’s power is present, God’s mercy is manifest, and that keeping to one’s house, advocating for frequent (hand) washing, donning the mask of humility, and protecting the integrity of one’s position as a prophet and a pastor are potent means to unleashing the change of circumstances for which we all thirst, and hunger, and pray. Read More

The Pastoral is Political: When “family leave” is a Privilege

Recently, I took time off from work under the provisions of the US FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act). A family medical/caregiving need required that I step away from my work as a hospice chaplain to be… a hospice family member. While my transition to family leave was well-supported by my hospice agency, and essential to… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: Come Before Winter

“Do your best to come before winter.” 2 Tim 4:21 You may be wondering why, just days before the summer solstice, I’m thinking about winter. In my hometown church growing up in Monticello, Arkansas, every year our pastor would preach his “Come Before Winter” sermon.  I was little, going to worship between age 5 and… Read More

The Politics of Pastoral Itinerancy

Help us to remember that the Holy Spirit, gave not one, but two gifts — the power of voice for those who needed to speak, and, the power of listening for those who needed to be quiet and listen … I am the every-other-Saturday-every-other-month pray-er for our blog and those words were in my prayer… Read More