Writings by Cole Huffman


Category: Pastoring

The World In Lazaretto

When I wrote my book about Jesus’ seven miracles in John’s Gospel, I learned that the name  Lazarus  has been converted into a term for a quarantine room—a  lazaretto . It’s apt: the need for quarantining due to contagion is so one can emerge “resurrected.” Owing to Coronavirus, the world is in lazaretto now. We’re all disrupted, waiting to emerge from social isolation. Lazarus and his sisters were personally close to Jesus, but... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Mar 31
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I Love You, Church

I don’t tell you enough how much I appreciate you. I don’t say, “I love you, church,” as often as I should. When I was in seminary, I listed on an index card the kind of church I hoped to pastor someday. I kept the card in my Bible and prayed through it weekly. I was taught to be ready and willing to go anywhere the Lord sent me, but I hoped to live in the Southeast. I hoped God would send me to a college town. I hoped for a church that would not fishbowl my family. I... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Jun 12
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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
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