Writings by Cole Huffman

Category: Humility

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Pastor Sisyphus and Filling with Kenosis

I’ve been at this long enough to say pastoral ministry is supposed to be self-emptying. If it’s not you’re not doing it right. The Greek word is kenosis , used in Philippians 2 of Jesus’ own self-emptying. The word came to mind recently, almost serendipitously, talking with a friend about his pastorate. He was where a lot of us pastors have been (some of us still are): That place where you recognize in yourself the disappointment that is finding the church you got is not the... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Feb 28
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My apologies if I upset you. I’m only trying to be honest but I guess maybe you can’t handle that? Notice how I slipped into the interrogative tone there, conveying the self-awareness that I could possibly be wrong about you, thus owing you an apology if I am. But I’m probably not wrong about you, which is why I went ahead and said what I did. If you think you need an apology from me I’ll give it although I really can’t help that you misunderstand me. There is everything in that... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Jun 21
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Don't RT This

I think it’s bad form for ministers to retweet (RT) others praise of us. If the effusive RTs were occasional on my Twitter feed I wouldn’t say anything. But they’re not, and Twitter is not an inconsequential tool for a lot of us in ministry. Twitter is inherently self-promoting, yes. For me too. Before I had a Twitter account I dismissed its media as narcissistic. But I softened, realizing it’s not the medium itself but how one uses it. For any who’ll listen, please consider sizing your... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Oct 8
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