Category Archives: Quotes

Money and Your Ministry online course, with Israel Galindo

by Israel Galindo (Guest post today by Israel Galindo, my co-teacher for the Columbia Theological Seminary online course on Money and Your Ministry, coming in October.) I’m looking forward to co-teaching the online course Money and Your Ministry with Margaret Marcuson, …

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Let’s practice all year what we preach on the Fourth of July

It’s always easier to speak lofty ideals than to live up to them. Preachers face this difficult challenge. Week after week, we have to get up in the pulpit and give sermons, of all things. We consult with people on …

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Jimmy Carter on clarity of purpose

Sunday Parade magazine published an interview with Jimmy and Roslyn Carter. It included a photo of Carter teaching Sunday School in Plains. I was struck by the last paragraph of the interview. The questioner asked, “Mr. President, how do you …

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Leading without pressuring others to change

“This was all about changing without seeming to change. It’s about steadily and insistently improving without seeming to exert pressure or anxiety to do so.” I wrote recently about Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others, by Stacy Horn. This …

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Courage: two quotes

Here are a couple of quotes on courage I’ve been thinking about this week. They come from The Thing You Think You Cannot Do: Thirty Truths about Fear and Courage, by Gordon Livingston, M.D. “We are more often frightened than …

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Some ancient words on sharing our resources

I’ve been reading devotionally Margaret Guenther’s At Home in the World: A Rule of Life for the Rest of Us. It’s a wonderful book, which I intend to review when I’m finished. The passage I read today, in a chapter entitled …

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Merry Christmas

“And when we give each other Christmas gifts in His name, let us remember that He has given us the sun and the moon and the stars, and the earth with its forests and mountains and oceans–and all that lives …

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The Thomas Merton Guide to Prayer: 4 Reasons Why Skimming Is Not the Best Way to Read the Bible

Last summer I picked up a copy of Thomas Merton’s little book, Praying the Psalms, in a Mennonite bookstore in Newton, Kansas, for 85 cents. (It’s still in print 57 years after publication…) I’ve been reading a page or two …

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A Few Things Church Leaders Can Learn from Vaclav Havel

I came across an article about Vaclav Havel in The Economist. I was particularly struck by the last paragraph: “It was Mr Havel’s genius that he not only toppled communism, but offered a way out of its ruins that all …

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What Is Easter Hope?

Easter is a time to consider hope. This year I’ve been reading a book by David Steindl-Rast, Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer. He’s a wise Benedictine monk. In a chapter on hope, Steindl-Rast suggests considering a pet project, and your …

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