Hey all,

The Heart of a Pastor is now the owner of http://www.heartofapastor.blog. ¬†I decided to streamline my blog address as the new .blog domain names just became available. This shouldn’t mess people up (too much). I believe my old (and longer) address will redirect you to my site.

In any case, nothing is changing with this site, just the shorter address. So to close, I am not going to leave with you just an administrative update but rather with the Word of God:

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Romans 15:13

Have a great day ūüôā

The Pastor -|—


I need to start writing again.¬† It’s funny how I always seem to be drawn back. Not that I am trying to get away but I had felt I had nothing more to say after 6 years of posting here.

But lately…

…I have felt that God is not done with me yet.¬† So stand (or sit) by…


The Heart of a Pastor update and pondering

No doubt you have noticed my absence from blogging.¬† It seems that has been happening more often recently.¬† I go through “sabbatical” times where I am discerning whether or not to continue and then I come back strong…blogging a few times a week.¬† Now I have been gone for a while and I am still trying to figure out if this blog has run its course or not.¬† Maybe Lent has gotten the best of me (it has been strangely busy this year).¬† The last two weeks have been extremely overwhelming for me (and Holy Week isn’t even here yet).

So where does that leave us?

I do not know.

I have been spending a lot of time doing ministry via Facebook and Twitter.¬† And I have been putting a renewed focus on education here at Salem (things are really taking off there).¬† Part of me is thinking I need to put more focus on writing lesson plans for here and shift some focus away from blogging for a while.¬† Part of me is reluctant to pull the trigger on this blog.¬† So I am still left wondering what to do.¬† I know some people have gotten sick and tired of waiting for me and I understand that.¬† I just don’t know what is next.

This blog has been up and running for nearly 4 years now and that fact completely blows me away.¬† How have I had that much to write about?¬† In any case…I am still around.¬† I am doing well.¬† And I still don’t know where this blogging is going next.¬† Maybe the time down after Easter will give me some clarity on the direction of this blog…who knows (God knows).

I thank you for your understanding.

So in the mean time I hope and pray you have a blessed Lenten and Easter season…celebrating the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Praising God…always and forever!


(Blogging) Sabbatical thoughts

It has been a while since I have posted something, but I guess that goes with being on a blogging sabbatical.  Throughout this time I have been checking in from time to time and have been pleasantly surprised with the comments people have still left and the traffic still coming through here.  Thank you for hanging with me.

I am not sure if I am back in full force yet, but I am beginning to think that I am about ready to, at least, slowly ease my way back in (kind of like slowing slipping into a hot tub).  I have missed writing even though it has felt nice to step away for a while.

Now that I am working my way back some may be tempted to ask “what did you learn on your sabbatical?”¬† I am not sure how to answer that.¬† It wasn’t so much a learning time than it was a time to recoup; rediscover and re-energize.¬† Those things I have accomplished…and it feels good.

I do have much to tell you.¬† And…I have comments to respond to.¬† I will get to all of those.¬† So in the mean time, have a very blessed All Saints Sunday as you remember and celebrate the saints that have gone ahead of us; as we celebrate the saints militant (the newly baptized) that have joined the journey and as we celebrate our saintliness that we have been granted through Jesus Christ.¬† It is indeed a day to celebrate and give thanks.

So as a close friend/mentor used to greet his congregation with: “Good morning sinners…good morning saints“.

Praise be to God always and forever, Amen.


Award…for being artistic?

The rules:
(1) Pick five blogs that you believe deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also for contributing to the blogging community, no matter what language.
(2) Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.
(3) Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given him or her the award itself.
(4) Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of Arte Y Pico blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award which is here: Arte Y Pico

With that here are people/blogs I am giving this award to:

(1) Here I Stand — The banner at the top of David’s page is one of my favorite ones.¬† I think it says a lot about the theology you will find.¬† You will also find¬†very thought¬†and theologically sound content.

(2) The Lutheran Zephyr — Chris gets this award because his content never fails to make me think and reflect.¬† I also enjoy his straight forward-ness and his feisty-ness.

(3) Real Live Preacher — Gordon has been blogging for a long time and has a book (RealLivePreacher.com) out with some of his more popular posts.¬† His design and graphics are really fun and his writing style has been a source of inspiration for me.

(4) Faith in Community — I received this award from Diane, but I just have to include her in my awards list.¬† She has such a variety of content from sermons to poetry to theological ponderings to photos of her dog.¬† Always a lot of fun to check in.

(5) Freedom — Joe’s blog is another one that has a really fun banner at the top and a design that is really appealing.¬† He is also very open about his seminary journey and it has been fun to follow.

Well…there you go.¬† If you haven’t checked these blogs out yet, make sure you stop by and say “Hi”.¬† You won’t be disappointed.