Writings by Cole Huffman


Out Walking a Line

A minister from across the pond, in an old book you haven’t read, made the observation that young pastors will try to attain by one jump the height others have reached by a long series of single steps in a quarter century of labors. I’ve been laboring at preaching now a quarter century. That’s not a lot of time as time goes, but enough time to find your voice and know your reach as a preacher. It’s enough time to maybe have something to write for publication. The risk in... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Jun 19 | 0 comments
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Walnut Street

Is nostalgia wasteful pining? Being stuck in bygones, wistful for more of what isn’t and won’t be? Is it just our inner Uncle Rico throwing footballs at his tripod, readying his 40-year-old self to be a high school quarterback again? Nostalgia has even been considered an illness, as in acute homesickness. I detoured into my old neighborhood on the way to Birmingham recently. While it has its problems, to never experience nostalgia is a kind of willed amnesia. And anyway, of late... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at May 3 | 0 comments
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Exits Stage Left

Sometimes people leave our church for another one. How do we respond to that without defensiveness or defiance? Defensiveness is hearing but not listening. Defiance is worse. In both postures pride swells and we act like our church has it together with nothing to learn. I have a book called Exit Interviews by Bill Hendricks. I read it when I was just starting out as a pastor, and try to remember from it that there is always something to learn from those who leave, and sometimes there... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Mar 23 | 0 comments
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