I’m reading Peter Steinke’s book, Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times: Being Calm and Courageous No Matter What. Steinke and Edwin Friedman have influenced my understanding of the church and its workings as much as any others. In my view, their major contribution to ministry is their illumination anxiety’s tyranny inContinue Reading

 A headline in this morning's Wall Street Journal read, "Obama Embarks on Listening Tour: Ohio Trip to Focus on Jobs, not Health Care." The term "listening tour," was put forth by an Obama campaign spokesperson, and jumped off the page at me. What an interesting phrase… listening tour. It's notContinue Reading