Monday, August 16, 2010

Is Preaching Against Homosexuality a Hate Crime?

image If you are not familiar with it, you should check out Richard Hammer’s article on “Preaching About Homosexuality.”  The article is from Your Church magazine and was posted in July. 

When Pres. Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Hate Crimes Act as part of the National Defense Authorization Act into law, all sorts of claims were made about how the law would affect churches, particularly preachers who spoke out against homosexual practice.

The article was written by Richard Hammer who “is an attorney, CPA, and best-selling author specializing in legal and tax issues for church and clergy. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he is senior editor of Church Law & Tax Report, a bimonthly newsletter.”

When I was at my last church, we subscribed to the Church Law and Tax Report, and it almost always had helpful information about changes in laws or cases concerning churches and ministers. 

Again, you can find the article here

Monday, August 2, 2010

New York Times on Clergy Burnout

This is why I coach.

image Sunday’s New York Times featured an article on clergy Burnout: “Taking a Break from the Lord’s Work.” It begins:

The findings have surfaced with ominous regularity over the last few years, and with little notice: Members of the clergy now suffer from obesity, hypertension and depression at rates higher than most Americans. In the last decade, their use of antidepressants has risen, while their life expectancy has fallen. Many would change jobs if they could.

Public health experts who have led the studies caution that there is no simple explanation of why so many members of a profession once associated with rosy-cheeked longevity have become so unhealthy and unhappy.

Those who study such things say that such simple things as taking time off work wonders.

But ministers don’t do it. 

Having “an outsider” come alongside them and help THEM evaluate their own balance and effectiveness is incredibly helpful.

That’s why I coach.

Find the article here.

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