Pastor's Blog

October 26, 2018

We live in stress-inducing times, but over the next couple of weeks, I’d like to suggest some things we can do about it.  Take the stress produced by conflict and hurtful words.  It is some of the most painful.  I have a friend and colleague who is experiencing some extreme stress right now from conflict with his associate pastor.  They have very different leadership styles and some irreconcilable differences.  He is now certain that either he or his associate will have to go.  As you can imagine, this is deeply painful for him and for everyone involved.  

Conflict affects all our relationships, whether work or family.  If we experience conflict with family, it will affect our work.  If we experience conflict at work, it will affect our relationships at home.  Take Jesus’ family, for example. We know from Mark’s gospel that some of Jesus’ family actually opposed him early on.  We read in Mark 3:20-21 that his family “went...

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