Saturday, January 31, 2015

Saturday - work day

Good morning friends, it is still morning, barely. I have finished most of worship, leaving a little room for the Holy Spirit in the prayer. Time to edit the sermon I finished at 10:45 last night. Then it's time for visits, hospital and otherwise. Perhaps there will be time for a final edit and a couple hours down-time. This is a good Saturday work day. The really busy ones leave no time for edits until late evening and early Sunday. (Truthfully, Sunday often gets an edit ... it just sounds different by then.)

What are your Saturdays like? Do you rest or work? Is there time for a workout and where? I would love to schedule another one of those. Mine have been pitiful this week, when I've had time to squeeze one into the schedule. Hmmm, remember those days when I fit the gym into every lunch hour?

Thankfully, I set my own schedule most days and am able to begin with quiet time, devotions, and reading for work. Otherwise there would never be enough slow time to focus. And knowing that some nights I get home at 9-9:30, I figure the morning should be the time I need to rest or read. But I don't know if the balance is right. In fact, I'm pretty sure the balance is off right now. Maybe it will return during Lent? What are the chances of that?

So what is your daily schedule? How do you balance active and passive time?
Love to know....

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

What's your image of God?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Discussions and conversations of late, along with the death of Marcus Borg, have taken me back to where I began this journey of faith. Or where it took a turn towards ministry. So here are the books that I've recalled,
Honest to God, John A. T. Robinson
Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, Marcus Borg
Why Christianity Must Change or Die, Shelby Spong
and how about a children's book...
Is That Story True? Laura Alary and Margaret Kyle

What are you books? What movies explain your faith, or can any of them begin to touch what you believe?

how do the critiques of modern faith (cafeteria faith) actually fit better than historic orthodoxy?

Fun times...

Monday, January 26, 2015

A whirlwind; like a 'blizzard' of the soul?

The last month has really tried my soul. I know many other pastors have faced days and weeks like these, but this is the worse I have had... and yet at the same time, it has held some of the absolute best. Even as I reachws and went past my ability to cope with rising situations of pastoral care ( a generic term that doesn't begin to cover everything that has happened.) I was met with congregational members stepping up to preach when I lost my voice, planning worship when I was out of time, taking over Sunday School when my 'well' was dry and time was gone. People - these ACOB people! - have been amazing. They - God within them - restores my soul.

So I haven't posted and will try to be more faithful about posting, but I am truly blessed to be part of a great congregation. You can see the blog for sermons and events. I think it's time that this blog returned to reflections on scripture and ministry.