Archive for March 2018

The Ministry of Presence

Browsing a lovely bookstore in Kalamazoo, MI, I came across The Road to Character by David Brooks, an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times and an instructor at Yale. In this 2016 publication, Brooks encourages us to “rethink our priorities and strive to build rich inner lives marked by humility and moral depth.” He…

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The Preacher as Prophet

It has been pretty easy during my nearly forty years of pastoral work to preach messages of hope. It has not been as easy to preach prophetically. My deep-seated insecurities and ever-present need to please people have all too often encouraged more therapeutic sermons that calm the fears than prophetic ones which excite them.  Perhaps…

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