Writings by Cole Huffman


Category: Pastoring

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 | 0 comments
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Taught to Abound

G. K. Chesterton believed gratitude was an issue for atheists enjoying sunsets. Who have they to thank for the evening sky aglow? Theists wanting to offer that up as a See! See! plausibility for God be warned: most atheists today shrug off Chestertonisms. They don’t necessarily believe gratitude has to be directed to anyone to be experienced. Who do I thank for designating October Pastor Appreciation Month? The creator is unknown to me though a web search turned up an interesting... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Oct 24 | 0 comments
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Candles in the Wind

I hope I’ve learned by now to ache for the fallen pastor rather than pounce on him. God told Cain it is the impulse of sin to pounce. Self-righteous sin has especially strong quads. It doesn’t matter whether I personally know the fallen pastor. I know the job. It doesn’t matter whether his temptations beset me or not. Anyone is vulnerable to his basest desires. When it comes to the downfalls of public-figure pastors, we’re all in plaza seating in social media settings. I’m the young man in... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Apr 21 | 0 comments
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