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Paths to ministry
Six ordained people tell their stories
Call: Essays by readers
We gave our readers a one-word writing prompt: “call.”
What does Christian vocation look like for the elderly?
God calls us to serve the world with our bodies—even when those bodies are failing.
by Joyce Ann Mercer
The priest faces inward, toward liturgy and the sacraments. The layperson faces outward, toward everything else—everything.
by Martha-Lynn Corner
Reading about Henry Marsh’s vocation to neurosurgery, I thought about my own calling as a minister. I was startled by his depiction of detachment from patients.
reviewed by L. Roger Owens
We all live with many callings in life, and the greatest is not to be a pastor—much less to be in the right job at a particular congregation.
by M. Craig Barnes