Gratitude for so Great a Cloud of Witnesses

By Matt Sapp Have you ever noticed how the right people end up in the right place at the right time in your life?  Every so often I stop to count my blessings, and one of God’s greatest blessings is each person God has put in my life. According to the writer of Hebrews, weContinue reading “Gratitude for so Great a Cloud of Witnesses”

Clergy as friends? An ongoing debate about friendships within a church

Several months ago, an article by M. Craig Barnes in The Christian Century caused a stir when he asserted that it is impossible for pastors to befriend parishioners.  Letters to the editor followed and gave Barnes mixed reviews. In the article, Barnes argued that pastors, set apart in ministry and called to lead the church, cannotContinue reading “Clergy as friends? An ongoing debate about friendships within a church”