Now What?

On Friday, May 1, Governor Holcomb issued the state plan for re-entry for businesses and other organizations and activities by July 4th.  You can find a summary here: Back on Track Indiana. You may find this guide for places of worship to be helpful as well: https://www.backontrack.in.gov/files/BackOnTrack-IN_PlacesOfWorship.pdf The guidance of the presbytery’s Coordinating Council remains the same: we have voted … Read More

What does it mean to adapt?

  Susan Beaumont’s 2019 book “How to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You’re Going” is helpful for any 21st century leader — and that includes leaders in a pandemic. ( I suggest the paperback version. Don’t faint from the price of the hardcover version.)  Full disclosure: it’s a highly technical read for church leaders, written by a brilliant church … Read More

Gentle Transitions

“Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.”                        Philippians 4:5 On June 5, 2020, I’ll celebrate my 37th anniversary of ordination. I’ve been ordained longer than I’ve been married, for more years than I’ve lived in any one location, significantly longer than the ages of my … Read More

Serving in Covid-19tide

It’s the week following Easter Sunday and we’re days into the season of Eastertide. We need reminders of resurrection hope at all times, and no less so in this COVID-19tide. This article is intended to answer some questions and to raise a few. I hope you’ll find something interesting, thought-provoking and helpful in here somewhere. QUESTIONS WE’RE BEING ASKED What’s … Read More

Calmly Plotting the Resurrection

  My favorite Holy Week illustration comes from author E.B. White (of Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web fame). It’s a story about White’s wife, author and editor, Katherine Sergeant Angell White.  In the introduction to one of her books, he reflected on her plans for a garden in a spring she would likely not experience, because of age and infirmity.  … Read More

Clay Jars

“But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.” (II Corinthians 4:7) Siblings, friends, members of the body of Christ, I see you. I see you, pastors, sheltering at home, yet working harder than ever to connect with the congregations you … Read More

Once a Pastor, Always a Pastor

Long before I accepted the call to mid-council ministry and life in two time zones and more miles on my car than I ever imagined, I was a pastor. I’ve served churches for more than half my life. I miss parish ministry more than I can put into words, particularly these days. Who am I kidding? I was a pastor, … Read More

SPOTLIGHT ON STRENGTHS

Someone in another presbytery, far away from here, once commented that the process of preparing those seeking ordination in the PC(USA) as ministers of the Word and Sacrament was akin to the uber-popular HBO series, Game of Thrones: “When you play a game of thrones, you win or you die.”   I have to tell you, I have absolutely no … Read More

Practice, practice, practice

      It’s not too late for new year’s resolutions, right? I mentioned at the February assembly that the presbytery has a blog, and that I intend to blog more regularly. I have a challenging time remembering how to get in to the site in order to post. I am never sure if what I am writing is saving … Read More

A review for the Englewood Review of Books

Weaving a Life of Relationship and Experience A review of Mentoring: Biblical, Theological, and Practical Perspectives Edited by Dean K. Thompson and D. Cameron Murchison Foreward by Jill Duffield Afterword by Martin Marty Wm. B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2018 By Jennifer Burns Lewis Every now and then one encounters a resource that provides a treasure trove of information and perspectives … Read More