Differentiation as Boundaries

Well known psychologist David Schnarch has a wonderful book called the Passionate Marriage: Keeping Love and Intimacy Alive in Committed Relationships. When Schnarch speaks about boundaries he speaks about differentiation. What is differentiation? In short, according...

Why Bivocational? 6 Reasons Why

This is a guest post by John Sampson. John is a Residence Director who supports discipleship and missional work for  Oasis Church in Pasadena, CA.  He blogs on church mission, leadership, and life at Jon Sampson. Jon also Twitters at @jonsampson. Rhett’s recent...

Speaking of Boundaries…

[image by Simon Doggett] I thought this was an interesting piece out of USA Today, especially when I’m beginning a series of blog posts on the issue of boundaries in a variety of contexts. Read The Popularity of Twitter has Some Relationships in a Twist, and...

What Are Boundaries?

[image by The Wandering Angel] Boundaries. It’s a topic that comes up quite a bit, and it comes up in a variety of contexts. The context I most often hear it in regards to relationships. Boundaries is a subject that I talk with many people about, and it’s...

Relational Tweeting

For those of you that read my other writings online, you know that I love Twitter. I think it’s an absolutely amazing tool that I think has the ability to help us connect with others in some meaningful ways. And Twitter is not just about connecting online, but...

Bivocational Pastors Continued: Two Statements

I don’t even know where to start. There were such great comments on my post from Monday. When I wrote the post I knew that I wasn’t the only one thinking about this topic, but it was amazing to read some great insights that I had not thought about. A...

Bivocational Pastors: Are You One?

Recently I have been thinking a lot about the topic of bivocational pastors. When I say bivocational, I mean you are a pastor, but you are not a full-time employed pastor.  Being a pastor is not your full-time vocation. There are lots of reasons I have been thinking...

Launching My Private Practice

For many of you that know me, and those of you that don’t, launching my own therapy private practice has been something that I have been wanting to do for quite a while. After a lot of years of work in university life, church ministry, pastoral care and...