59. Get Thee to an Avocation

There is a community building up around what we do here, and I’m grateful for all of you who are a part of that. If you’d like to support Greatheart’s Table, I have three things to say: First, it’s needed – there are recurring expenses involved in putting this...

58. Broken Hearts and Jars of Clay

Some of you may be new listeners, and I welcome you! Landing as you are, though, in what we could call the middle of an ongoing conversation, you may find some help in getting oriented by heading back in the archives and listening to episode one. The topic on the...

57. A Star Lit for Me

The subject under consideration is one that will occupy us for a while, one that is always haunting us around the edges, what is known popularly as burnout but which could also be called losing heart. Thanks for joining us around Greatheart’s Table. You can help...

56. Lovers, Artisans, and Victors

We all pastor, but our attachment to the work is not the same for all of us. Some of us love it, others of us do it, we all come to it with differing motives. Why is that? There are many tools out there designed to answer that question that are based upon genuine...

55. People Pastoring People

Welcome to Greatheart’s Table, a podcast for pastors and those who love them. I’ve been challenged recently to think about those for whom I write the podcast. Though my target is rather specific – primarily those in full-time church based pastoral ministry, I...

54. The Precarious Dance of Ambition and Contentment

One of the things people gathered around a table can do for each other is to listen to them and when able to help them reorient their lives toward proper expectations. If our kids are unruly, for example, we can talk about it with others who might remind us that they...

52. A Pastoral Riddle

Pastoral ministry can pose many riddles for the pastor. But in this episode, I’d like to pose one ABOUT the pastor. If you are able to help support Greatheart’s Table, you can use the link below. Of course, there is no obligation to do so. Also, do review...

51. Overload of the Negative

Rick Blaine, Humphrey Bogart’s tough skinned character from the movie Casablanca is both idealistic and deeply cynical. Rick lets no one close and expects life to end poorly, and yet he relinquishes what is most precious to him for the sake of others. He’s hard not to...