Writings by Cole Huffman


Category: Influence

The Remnant Will Rock On

At a conference just over a year ago, the few hundred pastors in attendance were asked to stand in order to sit, beginning with those who’d served their church five years or less. Most of the room immediately sat. From there the years increased: Five to ten years in one church? Ten to fifteen? Fifteen to twenty? How about over twenty years in one church? Audible wows and applause for the half-dozen men still on their feet. Used to be a long obedience in one church was nothing out of the... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Feb 25 | 0 comments
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Camels and Gnats, Terrorists and Refugees

One afternoon a young scholar toiled away on his PhD dissertation at a top American university’s Poverty Research Center. A poor person walked in. He’d seen the sign on the building and figured it was a place to get help. No one in the Poverty Research Center knew what to do except call security on him. Arthur Brooks tells that story in his book The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America . There in the Poverty Research Center wannabe wonks and social... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Dec 15 | 0 comments
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Twenty Years A Preacher

In the memoir of his first pastorate, Open Secrets , Richard Lischer remembers his grandfather’s disenchantment with preachers started early: “My grandfather and his little brother hated it when the circuit rider came to town, because, since their daddy was a deacon in the Methodist church, the visiting preacher always stayed at their house and they had to shine the old bugger’s boots. The circuit rider preached the same sermon every time he came, pummeled the same vices of drinking and... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Oct 29 | 0 comments
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