Wits’ End: Coping in a Time of Crisis

Dear Clergy Colleagues, It’s rough out there! Between a worldwide pandemic, the attempted overthrow of democracy in the United States, and the projected beer and Spam shortages, 2021 isn’t looking much better than 2020. In the current reality, our jobs are incredibly difficult—emotionally, spiritually, and practically. So here are some helpful things to keep in…

A Pastor’s 12 Days of Christmas

We are in the midst of the 12 days of Christmas, which begin on Christmas day and end with Epiphany (January 6). Here is a new version of the famous song for all of my clergy colleagues trying to get a little rest and then lead God’s people into a new year. (Fortunately, this is…

You Might be a (Female) Pastor’s Spouse If . . .

Father’s Day is coming up, and I’ve been thinking about the particular person who is the father of my particular children. I realize that many of you are not married to people who are dads—some of you are single, some of you do not have children, some of you are married to other moms. Still,…

Pilate Tweets Holy Week

Go over to Rev. Gal Blog Pals to see the rest of the tweets. For more meditative Holy Week reading, go to the blog index and scroll down to “Holy Week” and “Good Friday.” And a blessed Holy Week to you.

Random Thoughts on Turning 41

I’m irritated that all of the temporary hair color says it will “cover the gray.” I’m proud of my gray hair. I’ve earned it. And as a diminutive female, gray hair can only help my pastoral gravitas. Still, I’d love to be a redhead for a month or so. Where is the hair color that…

Christmas Hymns–Revised

One of the downsides of a theological education (and/or an overactive theological imagination) is an inability to sing some favorite old hymns with naive gusto. During this Christmas season in particular, we simply know too much about the biblical story (and the reality of childbirth and babies in general) to fully believe all of the…

New & Improved Christmas Carols

It’s my day for a humor column over with the Rev. Gals. Pop on over if you’d like to see some historically accurate versions of favorite Christmas carols and some theologically diverse renditions of “Joy to the World.”