Monthly Archives: March 2013

Dark Joy

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My wife and I drove up to Michigan last night for a funeral home visit. A cousin of mine—not much older than I am–lost her husband after a little over a year’s struggle with cancer. His cancer was diagnosed just shortly after she herself suffered a debilitating stroke. We spent time talking with her and […]

Getting “Fed” by Your Preacher

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People often talk about the need to feel “fed” by their preachers. Secretly, many of us preacher-types cringe at those conversations, probably for a lot of different reasons. Sometimes listeners can be “picky eaters” and so no matter what you put on their plates they’re going to have low blood sugar by the time they […]

Numb – The New Guilty?

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Guilt is out. That’s so Bible Belt Fundamentalist. People just aren’t into it like they used to be. Guilt used to be stock in trade for clergy types in my trade. Churches thrived on guilt: even a marginally-effective speaker could whip up a deep sense of insufficiency and soon trigger an urge to tithe or serve or […]

Church Conflict?

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A long time ago someone told me that one of her reasons for wanting to work in a church office was that she was excited to be in an environment with a lot less conflict. I remembering smiling as she said that. There’s an old joke about this: a castaway ends up marooned on a […]