When consumerism seeps into religious life, the church becomes a vendor of goods and services, clergy become shopkeepers, and congregants (or potential ones) become patrons with purchasing power.
Funerals are ripe occasions for preaching Good News.
Simply put, Jesus meets His people with His grace at His table.
God’s call, and nothing else, was keeping us in ministry.
In my church I can see a difference in the spiritual growth of those who serve and those who do not.
Some church people are understandably change-resistant because they have been overwhelmed by a history of it.