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What I learned from spending three days with the ‘Duck Dynasty’ family

I was honored to be invited to spend three days with members of the influential “Duck Dynasty” family. If you know anything about the TV show, you will understand the meaning of the invite to “spend t...

New book brings together lessons learned in study of pastoral imagination

Ongoing social and political upheavals intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic have presented clergy with challenges that will require more than rational brain power to solve, said Baptist minister and a...

HEKATE – 5 Lessons I learned from working with the GODDESS OF WITCHCRAFT and SORCERY

In this video, I present 5 Lessons I learned with Goddess Hekate (Hecate). She is known as the Triple Goddess of Witches, Witchcraft, and Sorcery. You can also learn these lessons and improve your wit...

Things I’ve Learned in Spiritual Direction, Part 1: Notice What Draws You

Satan tempts us with handfuls of sapphires.  God holds out a diamond.  We have to choose the pearl of great price, the one thing necessary.  But oh, those sapphires can be very lovely…

VA chaplains have learned that mental health providers and clergy need to talk more and trust each other

As Steve Sullivan and psychologists convened small groups of mental health providers and clergy over the past two years, they learned that lack of trust creates barriers to integrated care. Armed with...

How I learned to stop making excuses for the men in my world

There he was, 10 feet in front of me in broad daylight. There was no mistaking him for someone else. To my advantage, I spotted him from behind the tinted windows of my car, where he couldn’t see me, ...

What I learned working in a Texas prison: Retribution, not reformation

I served as a pastor for 33 years and then worked nearly six years as a counselor at the most high-profile maximum-security prison in Texas. There, I ran the mental health department, nestled in the p...

How I learned to care about social justice growing up Southern Baptist in Oklahoma

“How did you come to have a passion for social justice issues?” That was one of the questions put to me this week when the tables got turned and I was the interviewee instead of the interviewer. The a...

What I learned by listening to women pastors during the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a differential impact on women. In particular, working mothers have faced a greater burden of child care and home schooling than men and have ended up leaving the work fo...