Writings by Cole Huffman


Category: Loss

In Praise of Failure

It epitomizes contempt to say to someone I hope you fail at everything you do . But what if I told you I hope you experience some failure at points ? I am actually serving you, saying this. During the Winter Olympics, an article appeared on Scott Hamilton. He was a figure skating medalist at the 1984 Games, and a longtime analyst for the event. “I calculated once how many times I fell during my skating career—41,600 times,” he said. “But here’s the funny... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Feb 21

Four Tasks

(In his series Praying the Gospel, Cole taught the Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11 and gave some particular counsel for when we know we need to forgive but don’t know how. This article is adapted from his sermon notes, where he moved to practice after establishing that only in the gospel do we find the wherewithal and motivation to forgive.) Jesus taught us to pray forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. Still, this is a struggle. Part of... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Sep 26

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