We always say the church needs gifted young leaders. But so do many of our other institutions. Is a young pastor’s choice for politics a loss for the church? Can a young person serve with integrity as a pastor and a politician?
Tempting as it is to “kill all the lawyers,” as Shakespeare said, some of them are faith-inspired leaders in their community, including one recently deceased judged and another newly minted law school graduate.
Martin B. Copenhaver ponders whether he should be called “Martin,” “pastor” or some other title, such as “The Very Right Reverend Doctor Julius W. (‘Who Are You To Question My Authority?’) Johnson III.”
The two Archibald J. Careys -- father and son -- wielded power inside and outside the church for much of the 20th century. But the gains they made for the black community often were at the cost of their ministry, says historian Dennis C. Dickerson.
For SEVEN years, when my accountability group asked if I engaged in daily devotion, I reported “No.” It was the patience and prodding of my fellow clergy brothers and sisters that helped me actually do it.