Pastors

Why I’m Presbyterian

I was born asking the question, “Why?”  My father tells the story of driving the three-year-old-me miles to the local electrical sub-station all the while tracing the wires from our house, because I asked “how come?” every time I turned the light switch on and off.  As a preschooler, I drove my…

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Fewer Paychecks for Pastors

I was watching this piece by Religion and Ethics Newsweekly this morning and thought, “Yes, this is a challenge of the church today.”  The reality of old-line congregations is that their congregations are aging and decreasing in membership; their buildings are requiring more upkeep; their budgets are stretched to the point…

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Living with Responsibility

“You know your body better than anyone.”  It was late June 1989 and I was reading in the Detroit Free Press lazily one Tuesday morning.  The article was about women’s relationship with their obstetrician, and clearly stated that if as a pregnant woman you had any question, no matter how…

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The Tithe a Tithe Challenge

  Clif Christopher, at the event in Manasquan this past April, said the leaders of the church need to be examples of great stewardship before the congregation will be one of great stewardship.  He was using this as one illustration of why the pastor needs to know what the members…

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