How all Christians should identify as priests

Sometimes people have bizarre reactions when they learn I am a pastor.  If they had been cursing, once they find out I’m a pastor, they’ll over-apologize and try to stop.  Often they’ll ask where Faith Church is and talk about how they’ll visit some Sunday. Even people within our church family can have strange reactions. Continue reading “How all Christians should identify as priests”

Why all Christians need to see that they are living stones and priests

We’ve been seeing lots of images of lava in the news in the last month or so, as volcanic activity has rocked Hawaii and Guatemala. Red hot glowing lava seems alive, as it crawls along the ground.  But it is not alive.  Lava is molten stone.  There is no stone that is alive.  Maybe somethingContinue reading “Why all Christians need to see that they are living stones and priests”

What if Christianity’s massive investment in worship is wrong?

Is it possible that Christianity’s massive investment in worship is misguided? Think about it.  We invest a lot of time, money and energy into worship, don’t we? One morning or evening each week is devoted to it.  Our society is very much oriented toward a weekly schedule that keeps Sunday mornings free. We also buildContinue reading “What if Christianity’s massive investment in worship is wrong?”

Why pastors lie at funerals

Funerals are a place where we pastors can be guilty of lying…a lot. Maybe I’m just speaking for myself.  So this is my confession: how to do I lie at funerals?  I almost always talk about the person who passed away as definitely being in heaven.  As if there is no question about their eternalContinue reading “Why pastors lie at funerals”

Why I dislike church worship surveys very, very much

The pastors of the EC Church have a Facebook page.  It’s a place where we pastors talk shop throughout the week, ask each other questions, debate, and so on.  Recently a pastor friend of mine asked the following question: Has anyone ever surveyed their congregation regarding worship style? If so, do you have any questionsContinue reading “Why I dislike church worship surveys very, very much”