These will be useful volumes to own — a kind of encyclopedia of pastoral wisdom to dip in and out of and a useful corrective to models of mission and ministry that over-emphasize advocacy or achievement at the expense of personal relationships.
A pastor is called according to the ministry of Jesus himself, who gave up his life for the world.
This good and true shepherd’s interest in and care for all of us who became his “sons” was surely a sign to us that the Good Shepherd had plans for us and was counting on us to be His disciples.
Bishop Jean-Baptiste Lamy faced conflict and put down stable roots, but died with unfinished visions.
I see little evidence on social media that Christians, let alone clergy, provide any greater wisdom and insight to the great causes.
The contact points are different than they used to be, and the next steps are different as well — in fact, so different that my parish is having trouble figuring out what they are or how to help people find them.