Warning: be prepared for suicide

By Michele R. Morton
Do you know a family who has experienced suicide? Maybe your family has. The tragedy of suicide is common. Yet, as pastoral caregivers, we shudder and shy away. I was in denial… read more

Reward: Helping children in grief

By Joseph M. Primo
Sometimes people are open and honest with me because they think I know what I’m talking about. Don’t all people in leadership roles? At the same time, though, people… read more

Peril: toils and snares of ministry

By Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner
A church, synagogue, cathedral, temple, mosque, or parish can be a dangerous place. In the Protestant tradition, there is a well-known song with a comforting line: “Through… read more

Peril: no Lone Rangers allowed

By Karen Lampe
The call came in on a Monday morning. The pastor described himself as someone who was “over the top” and “beyond his capacity” to give what his midsize… read more

Reward: helping tell funeral stories

By Lee Franklin
We pastors are no strangers to death, loss, and grief. As we respond to the phone call that someone has died, we enter into multiple stories that unfold before us. Five Funeral… read more

Intelligences: incorporate all of them

By Barbara Bruce
For the past twenty plus years I have been a disciple of Dr. Howard Gardner of Harvard University and his theory of “Multiple Intelligences.” In 1983 he spoke to a… read more

Naming and claiming the future of your children

By Tom Fuerst
Even though he’s only three years old, nearly every day and every night, I tell my son, “Buddy, I want you to grow up to be a good man.” At different times and… read more

Peril: is virtual being there real pastoral care?

By Evon O. Flesberg
So, what do you think? Is virtual communication real? And by that I mean, substantive and life-giving pastoral care? Are the Facebook posts, texts, tweets, and e-mails you send… read more

Reward: Shepherding broken lives in a broken world

By Rose M. Booker-Jones
Care for “the least of these.” Who are “the least of these”? Racism, classism, genderism, and other “isms” intrude on all people’s lives, … read more

Peril: having a church full of secrets

By Emma J. Justes
Ministers are privileged to see many things as we look out over the congregation during worship. As we observe, we may note differences from what we have come to expect. We see a… read more

Reward: making a real difference

By Ann Joyner
“The church will be here for you whether he lives or dies.” Those words, delivered quietly with kindness and compassion from my first pastor, were the life-saving… read more

Gay, Christian and ... celibate: The changing face of the homosexuality debate

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Religion News Service
(RNS) When Julie Rodgers came out as a lesbian at age 17, her mom responded by taking her to an ex-gay ministry in Dallas. Rodgers had grown up in a nondenominational evangelical… read more
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