The Choice

Psalm 34:18 says “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (NIV). Brokenhearted. Crushed in spirit. Do those words describe you? Chances are they do, or they have at some point, if you’re reading this blog. Far too often, “brokenhearted” and “crushed in spirit” describe ministers and their … [Read more…]

A Most Important Lesson

While perusing a seminary catalog recently I couldn’t help but feel that something was missing from the course requirements. 9 hours of introductory courses – check 12 hours of courses in Christian Scriptures – check 15 grueling house of Hebrew and Greek – check 15 hours of advanced courses in theology – check 24 hours … [Read more…]

Still Waiting

The interview could not have gone any better. The committee appeared to really like us and seemed genuinely pleased with each answer we gave to their questions. They showed us around the church facilities, told us about their youth, and gave us the impression they were interested in my husband coming as their minister to … [Read more…]

Still Standing (Re-posted from June 16, 2016)

I never had the honor of knowing Vicki Crumpton Metcalfe personally, but because we shared mutual friends, I’ve followed closely her fight against cancer. Vicki’s story is one of incredible courage, faith and family love. In the midst of her horrific battle for life, Vicki lived a life of abundant joy. Her deep faith in … [Read more…]

An Easter Prayer

Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act (Psalm 37:7). Praying your Easter is filled with comfort and hope as you wait for God to work out the details of your life. Hillary Scott’s “Still”  

Easter: The Season for Hurting Ministers

It’s been over a year since publishing Moving On: Surviving the Grief of Forced Termination. Since that time, I’ve met some wonderful ministers and their spouses via emails and phone calls. I’ve listened to their stories of pain and betrayal. I’ve been inspired by their commitment to Christ and their determination to live their lives … [Read more…]

Not the Life I Had Planned

The only good thing about having a herniated disc and my doctor’s orders of complete rest is that it gave me an excuse to binge watch the entire first season of The Crown. Throughout each extraordinary episode depicting the magical life of the British monarchy, one theme repeatedly emerged: the actions of one impacted many. … [Read more…]

Of Purses and Peace

Question: Other than a store, what one place can you find a bottle of water, hair brush, Band-Aids, breath mints, chewing gum, measuring tape, an assortment of writing utensils, various forms of currency (bills, coins, cards), phone, iPad, prescription drugs, pain relievers, hair spray, tooth picks (clean and used), tissues (clean and used), toys, makeup, … [Read more…]

TO BELIEVE, OR NOT TO BELIEVE

“Live in such a way that if someone spoke badly of you, no one would believe it.” Such a nice saying. Unfortunately, it’s not always an accurate forecast of what happens in the local church. It’s been eight years since we were ousted from our church in a swift coup d’état. I honestly cannot remember … [Read more…]

Meanwhile

If you were asked to create a list of “Important Words for the Christian’s Life,” what words would make up your list? Salvation, forgiveness, mercy, grace, love, faith and prayer would surely appear. Perhaps you’d add the fruit of the Spirit. All of these would be on my list, plus one more. Meanwhile. Meanwhile? That’s … [Read more…]