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I entered the pastorate with a fair amount of preparation. From graduate to post-graduate work, I was surrounded by motivated friends and a world-class faculty. It was the best of times. I had every opportunity and I loved it. Along the way, I had the chance to apply what I was learning in “student pastorates.” […] Read More

Graduation week at The John Leland Center for Theological Studies is an occasion that puts me in a reflective mood. In 1970, it was me, and the world was changing. Rapidly. But since the church in general and Baptists in particular tend to lag at least several decades behind the rest of the culture, it […] Read More

With an almost three-week hospital stay behind me, I realized there were several things I learned from the experience. Here are five of them: 1. People who are in the hospital are really sick You might think that would be obvious, but when I say sick, I mean really sick. With today’s cost-driven medical care, […] Read More

His name was Chris. I don’t remember his last name. He was about 8 years old and lived a few blocks from the Louisville, Ky., church where I served as associate minister of music. I only knew him a couple of months. Chris had the husky build of a future football player. His eyes shone […] Read More

Each Wednesday evening after prayer meeting, I walk to the third floor of our facilities to view the answer to many people’s prayers. Our church has a medical clinic there, which makes it possible for anyone without insurance to see a doctor or a dentist and get their prescriptions filled. This year, the clinic is […] Read More

I don’t know many people who aren’t generally disgusted with the political process right now. Left to right, top to bottom, it’s a mess. I thought I’d put a little advice together for would-be leaders. Further, Baptist preachers are about the most able politicians around. They are more like small-town sheriffs, who have to lock […] Read More

In the last few months, I’ve found myself in the midst of a lot of change, and I don’t know how I feel about it. I graduated from seminary in May, and after working as a pastor for Passport camps, I started a new job as minister of youth and outreach at Towne View Baptist […] Read More

Kenda Creasy Dean is a United Methodist ordained elder and professor of youth, church and culture at Princeton Theological Seminary and the author of “Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers Is Telling the American Church.” In a recent blog, she suggested several questions those considering seminary should ask about prospective schools. One that particularly caught […] Read More

I am a terrible salesperson. When I believe in an organization, I readily participate in it and support it, share its value with others and ask them to support it as well, but I am not naturally inclined to push people to buy or invest in something. An entrepreneur must be able to do this […] Read More

NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Minister Ray Cannata’s mission is almost complete. Four years ago he set out to eat at every restaurant in New Orleans. By mid-September, he’d already checked 719 eateries off his list and only had 10 meals to go before the ceremonial conclusion of his quest on Oct. 21, when he’ll have dined […] Read More