Michael L. Lindvall is pastor of the Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City; his books include The Good News from North Haven.
All ministry is local
Ministry is incarnationally specific. Pastors are called to see their place and people with God's "lover's eye," and to love them for their particularity.
A busy pastor’s spirituality
I was taught that my labors as a minister don’t count for my own spiritual life. Realizing that this is untrue has brought me great relief and joy.
The limits of what we can know
Rousseau and Barth each imagined arriving in heaven with his books. But the response they anticipated could hardly have been more different.
Why people join a church
Do people join a church because they share its members' beliefs? This has become the putative
ideal, the only pure motivation for church affiliation. But I have seldom heard it voiced at our new members' class.