Learning Lessons from an Immigrant Family’s Pet

At the beginning of the 21st century, I lived in Houston and tended to observe immigrant struggles from the relatively safe and somewhat distant perspective of a privileged American. The fighting in Kosova (the Albanian spelling), where Serbian soldiers attempted to...

Differing Vantage Points Offer Insight, Illumination

Our daughter was in the midst of building a house on a hilltop near Clemson, S.C. As I flew south out of the Greenville-Spartanburg airport, I was able to spot her house from the plane. My husband and I spent much time at her house as it was going up, but the...

Four Ways That Congregations View Pastors

Church members view their pastors in many ways. Here are four views. The ruler One view holds that the pastor is the spiritual ruler of the church and that “he” should be deferred to and even obeyed. Such a pastor is placed on a pedestal as one who is...