193 Miles on the Katy Trail
Men usually need a shared activity when they get together. Guys aren't into sitting and sharing; we've got to do something. When my Dad and I get together we ride bikes. Here on the first week of my sabbatical we took a trip down the Katy Trail in Missouri. We've done this three times before, riding and staying along the trail. . . .
Church Encounter Series
It's my plan to visit a different church each Sunday this summer. Pastors don't often get to see how things are done in other churches, so this summer is, for me, a feast of new church experiences. I'll try to share something from each experience here.
My first church visit happened while I was on the road. While traveling from . . .
i.e.- How did you get so lucky to get three months off of work?
During the preparations for this time, I’ve had a few ask me, “What’s a sabbatical?” It’s a fair question; they’re asking, “What exactly is this thing you’re doing?” A sabbatical is a period of paid leave for learning and travel. Sabbatical comes from the Hebrew word Sabbath (or Shabbat), which means to cease, stop, or rest. A key part of . . .
Giving up, for a time, preaching a weekly sermon.
The church where I worshiped during college had several retired ministers as members. I learned that they really missed having something to say because anytime they were given a role in worship they couldn’t stop talking. What was to be a two minute offering appeal lasted seven or eight minutes. The quick mission announcement reached . . .
Why a Protestant pastor cares about the rules monks live by.
A monk at St. Meinrad Archabbey in southern Indiana said to me, "We've been living by the Rule of St. Benedict for 1500 years. Something must be working."He was speaking of the Rule that Benedict, an Italian monk, created in the sixth century. If you're curious, you can read it all here. The Rule guides their daily living, . . .