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  1. Howard Pepper
    Howard Pepper March 20, 2013 at 12:23 pm |

    Excellent points and well-written article, Vern! (I just discovered you via your Twitter follow, and mine back… thanks!) I can see you have more than just 40 yrs. working with pastors… you have also been a good observer and analyst, something it would be great if more people were. I like that, from just this article, I can’t tell much about your personal theology, nor that of the churches you’ve ministered in. That shows you’ve identified key UNIVERSAL human dynamics that don’t relate highly to specifics of theology. (At the same time I DO think theology matters… a lot, including how we tend to view things and behave. But mainly whatever theology is actually internalized, not just assented to consciously.) Anyway, thanks for an interesting piece!

    1. Vern Sanders
      Vern Sanders March 20, 2013 at 3:20 am |

      Thanks for the comment Howard. Interestingly enough, I got the notice about the comment, and when I got here I started reading the article, because I hadn’t done so in some time. I’m glad you caught what I was trying to say. We have more in common than what divides us, and we serve a universal church, no matter what the theological specifics of a certain situation happen to be. (And in the PCUSA, which is the denominational affiliation of the church in which I currently serve, churches are finding those theological specifics to be a moving target shall I say…) Most of all, I’m glad you found us, and that we might be able to help you do ministry better wherever you serve. Blessings.