Heavy hearts

Truth-telling prophet, caring pastor
Pastors often experience an uncomfortable tension between trying to be both a truth-telling prophet and a caring pastor. That’s the case these days as I, like most pastors, take in the news of ghastly terrorist violence in the Middle East, the ongoing violence in Iraq, and the regular reports of civilians and U.S. soldiers killed. When it comes to speaking out on such matters, the parish minister is struck by the reality that the congregation includes people with vastly different perspectives.

 

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