Category: Changes


So, this is 30?

It’s official.  I am no longer in my twenties, but I am ambivalent about my transition into my thirties.  Being thirty means that I am suddenly expected to grow up.  For men, growing up usually means settling down, getting married, and having kids.  Even though I’m mature and responsible, those concepts still frighten me.  (Truth be told, I am frightened… Read more →


On Valuing Privacy

Those of you who know me in real life know that if I’m not blogging, there’s probably a good reason for it.  About a week ago, I wrapped up what must have been the busiest semester of my academic career.  Since then, I’ve been trying to relax (and failing miserably).  I’ve also been trying to write for this blog (and… Read more →


Happy First Anniversary Ministerial Life

A year ago, I was a newly-unemployed, underfunded doctoral student and minister with a bit of a chip on my shoulder and some extra time on my hands.  In my attempt to survive with no real income, I made the decision to start two businesses: Steps Toward Change Research Group and Ministerial Life. While Steps Toward Change Research Group was… Read more →


Preparing for a Coming Change

As I mentioned yesterday, I will be headed out of town this week for my fraternity’s national conference in Atlanta, which is also the location of Ministerial Life’s first speaking engagement.  Although I am not all that excited about dealing with some of the behind-the-scenes issues that come with conferences, I am excited about leaving my regular life behind for… Read more →


Punching Bag

As a minister, I often find myself in situations where I have to listen to people vent about their problems.  For the most part, I don’t mind.  After all, my friends can attest to the fact that conversations with me often become venting sessions.  Still, I am beginning to notice that some people take venting too far. In my time… Read more →