New Series: Pastoral Care in Unexpected Places

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Last year, I accepted that God was calling me to be a pastor.  It was sudden and it was unexpected.  Well, at least to me it was.  And since then, I’ve been thinking about a lot of things as far as pastoring goes.  My recent exploration of church size is one of those things.

But another big topic on my mind is pastoral care.  If you don’t know what that means, you’re not alone.  I didn’t until about two years ago.  And as I prepare to take Introduction to Pastoral Care this semester, I’m willing to bet that even my definition of pastoral care will be refined.

When you think of a pastor, what comes to mind?  Preaching.  Weddings.  Funerals.  Hospital Visits.  Yes to all of those things.  Which of those is considered to be pastoral care?  My answer?

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Afraid of Becoming a Heretic

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Growing up, I always wanted to have the right answer.  Most of it stemmed from the desire to be praised by adults, whether they be my mom, a teacher, or someone else in authority.  I was the kid that never raised my hand unless Continue reading “Afraid of Becoming a Heretic”

More of a Wanderer Than I’ve Ever Been

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It was during my intro to scriptures class that I started really questioning everything I believed.  I learned about epic stories such as Gilgamesh that predate any biblical writings but are very similar to Bible stories such as creation and Noah.  There was a moment of crisis when I came to the realization that those stories might have been the basis for the same stories we find in the Bible.  It was only natural for me to start questioning the Bible as a whole.  That was a rough semester for me, to put it mildly.  With my Scriptures 1 class this semester, I’m about to do it all over again except in greater depth.

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Burlap Jesus

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I’ve been a Christian for a long time.  Long enough to see items in Christian bookstores go through their cheesy phase.  Testamints, anyone?  Remember, it’s not just a mint, it’s a mint with a message.  I worked in a Christian bookstore in the mid-90s and one of the trends was to take t-shirt slogans and put a Christian spin on them.  Budweiser became Continue reading “Burlap Jesus”

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