Mourning and Dancing in Ministry Life

(This post was originally published on the Baptist Convention of New England’s blog on November 7, 2019. You can find it here.)

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.

(Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4)

One thing very few people prioritize when preparing to enter the realm of full-time service is the necessity of emotional engagement. Many ministers consider solid theology and practical know-how the two mighty pillars on which a lifetime of shepherding can be built, but without a practical theology of suffering and celebration, a pastor (and his family) can easily crumble from the inside out. 

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Gospel Rest for Pulpit People

(This post was originally published on the new LifeWay blog, Facts and Trends, on August 21, 2018. You can find it here.)

Whoever wrote the song “Easy Like Sunday Morning” has never been a pastor. The struggle is real.

My husband has been in ministry much too long for me to carry an ounce of naivety about the toll it takes. Brothers, you bear quite the load, but there are strong, sure, everlasting arms underneath yours. As heavy as your ministerial calling is, Jesus has another calling for you: rest.

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