Learning how to care

Caring for others is a habit to be learned. One of the hardest classes I took in seminary was not theology or philosophy.  It was not even Hebrew or Greek.  It was pastoral care. The aim of pastoral care is to teach students how to listen, confront conflict, counsel and give referrals, and have empathy.  In short, theContinue reading “Learning how to care”

Pooch pastors and kitten clergy

The question of whether pets go to heaven will forever be a theological debate, but one thing is certain: Pets can sometimes make great pastors.  Very few pet owners will doubt that our four-legged friends can provide divine presence, heartfelt encouragement, and unconditional compassion when needed most. The Bible’s approach to animals varies from bookContinue reading “Pooch pastors and kitten clergy”