The pastor and other sinners

To Eugene Peterson, a church is not a demarcated zone of idealized community. The potential for misdirection and distraction abounds.

Keeping the church weird

“These old buildings are well made and historic,” my real estate agent friend interjected. “Surely we can think of new uses for them.”

Money talks

Eroding campaign finance rules gives wealthy donors more power. It may also generate cynicism and political disengagement.

Thunderous yes

Preaching to the Easter crowds

Our guests know that resurrection defies logic. That is why they come sidling through our doors—every one of them comes hoping for it.

Ministry in the 21st century

What is pastoral ministry like these days, and how is it being shaped in new ways? The Century talked to pastors about the challenges and surprises of their early years in ministry.