Writings by Cole Huffman

Category: Influence

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Two Presidents, One Charge: A Commencement Address

The text of my commencement address to the 2015 graduating class of Evangelical Christian School, which included my oldest son Marshall: “To the ECS board members and administration; to the faculty, family, friends, and students of the Class of 2015; to everyone who’s had a role in shaping these young men and women; and to those ahead of you who will form and influence you further, may grace and peace be multiplied to you in Christ Jesus. “I read a few months ago about... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Jun 16
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Thirst for Accusation and Hunger for Self-Righteousness

Occasionally I’m asked if I won’t weigh in on some issue or another, hmm? Some current event or whatever thing evangelicals are kibitzing about right now? I’m asked this at church, over lunch, by email, “tweeted at” for it. Opinions proliferate on social media and I have a Twitter handle and a web site. So then, Pastor : What do you think about that famous Christian author who experiences God everywhere but church? Or those celebrity Christian pastors who plagiarize parts of... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Apr 4
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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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