This Horse Is Very Much Dead, But Let’s Keep Beating It Anyway

It happened again. It didn’t surprise me, honestly. I was scrolling social media the other day and came across someone insisting that residential seminary education forms people for ministry much more effectively than hybrid or online programs. On the one hand, I understand this. These opinions always seem to come from clergy who had deeplyContinue reading “This Horse Is Very Much Dead, But Let’s Keep Beating It Anyway”

Christmas Week: Manger

Previously: Options, Intention, Prepare My hometown church has a tradition in which they choose a family who has celebrated a birth within the past year and tap them to play Mary, Joseph, and Jesus during their Christmas Eve service. They don’t need to do much other than throw on some costumes and walk out atContinue reading “Christmas Week: Manger”

Third Week of Advent: Prepare

Previously: Options, Intention This year I’ve been thinking about Advent since July. It’s the first time in a few years that I’ve done this. When I was a pastor, I’d say mid- to late summer was usually when I’d begin planning for it, if only in very small amounts. August or September would be whenContinue reading “Third Week of Advent: Prepare”