9 [Reset]. The Eyes of the Chooser

This is another one of our resets, episodes that aired some time ago which I’m re-recording and posting to allow me some space to catch up on other projects. My son Seth is an artist, a musician, and a wise observer of my spiritual vulnerabilities. He knows the kinds...

108. AI, Dating, and the Problem of Evil

Quite a few of you are new and may be uncertain of what we’re doing here or why, and many may wonder where the name comes from. For all such mysteries, I recommend that you scroll back and listen to episode 67 called “Mr. Greatheart and This Metaphorical Table.” And...

107. A Grief Neglected

In this episode, we take a somber turn, and consider pastoral grief. I can’t recall this being addressed elsewhere, and yet as I’ve thought about it, it’s hard to think of a more consistent theme pulsing across the pastoral landscape than loss and the consequent...

106. 5 Rules for Pastoral Life

I write Greatheart’s Table with pastors in mind, but I know that often the themes I address apply much more broadly, and so many of you are not pastors at all. This post, aimed towards sharpening pastoral ethical standards, nevertheless lands broadly. As Christians,...

8 [Reset]. A Quiet Place, Part 2

This episode is another reset, one that first aired in June of 2021, and it addresses a theme I’ve often returned to: the need for pastors and others in ministry to have friends. As I get older and my friends move away or in other ways my friendships change I’m...

7 [Reset]. A Quiet Place, Part 1

Hello, all. I’m Randy Greenwald and I want to welcome you to Greatheart’s Table. After the last episode, some have taken to addressing me “Whiney Pastor.” Given the positive response that that episode generated, I’m okay with that. Contrary to what some thought after...

105. Sharing a Cup of Whine

Welcome to Greatheart’s Table, the podcast for pastors and others who care about ministry. I’m Randy Greenwald, and, in the words of Firefly’s Malcolm Reynolds, “I aim to misbehave.” Well, not much, really. I’m going to whine, and some may judge it to be in poor taste...

6 [Reset]. Don’t Panic!

Today’s episode is what I am calling a ‘reset’. This one was written in early 2021 and released on May 24th of that year. We were a year into the pandemic, and deep into ongoing concerns regarding race. Pastors were weary of trying to hold polarized churches together....

104. Pastoral Gangs

Hi! I’m Randy Greenwald, the host and ringleader of this this gang we call Greatheart’s Table. That’s strange talk, I know. But in this episode I think about the associations we seek, the gangs we join, and the way in which those choices form, or deform, us. If you...

103. “Feels Like” Ministry

Hello, again! Welcome to Greatheart’s Table, a place for pastors and others to hang out, talk, and reflect on ministry and life. I’m Randy Greenwald. My favorite Narnian character is Puddleglum, the marshwiggle. I’m so fond that it’s a surprise that I didn’t name this...