Writings by Cole Huffman


Category: Pastoring

Thank You, Eugene Peterson

“For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel.”  (1 Corinthians 4:15) I consider Eugene H. Peterson a father in Christ. I’ve never met him, and will not this side of Heaven. As I write this, he is in hospice care.  Many have contributed to my pastoral formation, but from him I learned to be a literary pastor. That’s not one who writes scholarly or reads widely,... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Oct 18

The Fixer Is Out

In a preaching class where I guest-lectured recently, I was asked what one thing I would say to the younger version of myself about pastoral ministry. It’s hard for me to answer questions like that. I think in tangles on the fly. But if I boiled it down to just one thing, it would be that people are more complicated than I know. There was a time I would hear tales of broken relationships in the church and think: If they just sat down for lunch together, they probably could work it... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Aug 23

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