Welcome to the weekend! Each week, we like to offer a few quick highlights from our week that we think will give you something worthwhile to think about over the weekend. Enjoy this week’s Weekender and add to it in the comments below!
Quote Worth Repeating: “To insure the greatest efficiency in the dart / the harpooners of this world / must start to their feet from out of idleness / and not from out of toil.” Herman Melville quoted on the inside cover of Pastor: A Memoir by Eugene Peterson.
Blog Post to Read: Again from the Christian Century. This time a post reviewing the exciting publishing career of Kathryn Tanner. It will make you want to dive right in. Describing the widespread influence Tanner has had, Pauw writes, “At a session on Tanner’s theology at a recent meeting of the American Academy of Religion (where scholars typically disperse into narrow interest groups) the panel of theologians engaging her work reflected her ability to bridge this common divide. It is hard to imagine another theologian whose work would attract commentators with interests ranging from ‘Christ’s Saving Death in Selected Greek Fathers’ to ‘Antiracist Activism.’”
What to Watch: I discovered, for the first time, Fred Craddock today. I understand that he caused some controversy over what kind of preaching is good preaching. But this is an excellent sermon, for thought and for laughter.
Questions to Ponder: As I draw near to taking my first pastoral position, I continue to think about efficiency. So this week’s questions are deeply practical.
- What habits and practices have been essential for you throughout your ministry?
- Do you have a weekly schedule that you follow or are you a take it as it comes kind of person?
- How do you know when it’s time to call it a day?
- Are there books you’ve read that you would recommend for faithful time management?
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