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One of the summer’s notable news events was the death of American author and Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison.  Reflecting on Morrison’s legacy for the New York Times, American poet and recent U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K Smith observed:  It’s hard, waking up so often to...

Note: Throughout the summer we are revisiting posts of the past year, grouped around common themes. We will return with new entries right after Labor Day. Can you hear it?  Can you feel the rumble of your church’s program train pulling out of the station...

Note: Throughout the summer we are revisiting posts of the past year, grouped around common themes. We will return with new entries right after Labor Day. How many more Sundays where pastors lead prayers in the face of unspeakable tragedy? How many more church gatherings...

  Note: Throughout the summer we are revisiting posts of the past year, grouped around common themes. We will return with new entries right after Labor Day. Several of our past posts have encouraged congregational leaders who are feeling anxious about their responsibilities to shift...

  Several years ago, somebody somewhere decided that October should be designated “Pastor Appreciation Month.” While rarely complaining out loud for fear of offending well-intentioned church members, many pastors would just as soon pass on this kind of appreciation. First, there is the difficulty with...

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