As I read On the Brink: Grace for Burned Out Pastors I felt Clay’s understanding arm wrapped around my shoulder, his words carrying heartfelt empathy, something that can be hard for pastors to find. As I collapsed on my bed in the mountains, I read and silently wept. My Heavenly Father was tenderly pulling the pain out. I’ve peered over the fence of burnout a couple times. The first time was due to a mix of traveling too much, demands of ministry, and not enough intimacy with
People’s visions of church differ. When I first moved to Austin I asked people what they thought about church and if Austin needed another one. Some said, “Only if it does good.” Others said, “No way; we’ve got enough bigots.” A Massive Vision of Church Christians are also divided on their visions of church: “more community, better music, less preaching, more social justice” Paul trifles with our visions of church when he says: “Do you not know that you (plural)
Now, here’s an incredibly creative save the date video done by my friends Jon & Ashley. Ian, another friend and our new Executive Pastor, had the honor of conducting their wedding ceremony. The reception was wonderful, a wide open grassy lawn shaded by massive pecan trees, next to a river. Our kids played and played. We all rejoiced. Jon and Ashley’s Save the Date Video from Jon Huebner on Vimeo.
Everyone’s alike. We all get along. We “click.” Yes, but click on what? Get along where? What’s often passed off as community is really nothing more than a circle of friends. The “circle of friends” is an insular, self-affirming circle of homogeneity. You share the same income, values, and jokes. You like the same restaurants, have some history, laugh together, and may be the most dangerous influence on one another. Media critic and documentarian Adam Curtis has suggested that since the explosion