SURVIVING IN THE FISH BOWL

Lay people who love God often have romantic ideas about vocational ministry. They think it will be like getting paid to go to an endless church camp. The reality is that vocational ministry IS very much like church camp; WORKING at a church camp! Employees cook meals, wash dishes, mow the lawn, maintain the property,Continue reading “SURVIVING IN THE FISH BOWL”

Four Little Things (A Movement of One)

Thinking a bit. I wonder if four little things we all can do might help the state of our world: 1) Let’s clean up our language. There is just no need for it. Leave yourself something to say when you get really mad. Bad language disrespects everyone. 2) Let’s tap into manners. Please and thankContinue reading “Four Little Things (A Movement of One)”

A PASTORAL LETTER (Reopening our Churches)

A PASTORAL LETTER: When Will Christ Church Re-Open? On Friday, the President declared houses of worship “essential” and demanded that Governors allow worship services (provided such houses meet CDC guidelines). Some may have interpreted from that announcement that Christ Church would immediately re-open; it is a bit more complicated. First of all, the President askedContinue reading “A PASTORAL LETTER (Reopening our Churches)”

Leadership in the Roaring 2020’s

Leadership in the Roaring 2020’s will continue to be an ongoing process of navigating a jagged series of unpredictable no-win scenarios. This is not an anomaly; it is the new normal. We are going to have to get used to it. Effective leaders will have to be: 1. laser focused on their mission 2. empatheticContinue reading “Leadership in the Roaring 2020’s”

Enough

Have you “had enough” of this whole COVID-19 thing? “Enough” is an interesting word.  When we can stand no more we declare that “We have had enough” or “Enough already.”  When things are going well, we may say that “We can’t get enough.”  In times of need, “We don’t have enough.” I have become convincedContinue reading “Enough”

Podcast: Part 2 Shane’s “12 things I see Happy People Do.”

Only 33% of Americans consider themselves to be happy. Shane Bishop’s blog “12 things I see happy People Do” has been read over 4 million times. Mike and Shane discuss why “happiness” is about the choices people make, in part 2 of this series.  Apple Podcast/iTunes https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ncsm-episode-1-part-2-shanes-12-things-i-see-happy/id1504509135?i=1000469478815 Podbean: https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-phimz-d7319f

My Constant Temptation (is to just check out)

My constant temptation is to simply check out. Cash it in, retire, unplug, disconnect, disappear into the Smoky Mountains with Melissa and a Bible and have no idea who becomes President in the next election. The troubled state of the world, our unsettled country and divisions within my denomination make me sad. Not mad, justContinue reading “My Constant Temptation (is to just check out)”

Rethinking Happiness

If things ways need to go “your way” to be happy, you will never be happy. And when you are happy, you won’t be happy for very long. Let’s face it, we live in a fallen world, control is an illusion and things are sometimes really hard. People do dumb crap, bad things happen, relationshipsContinue reading “Rethinking Happiness”