A jihadist group in control of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa has given Christians a devastating ultimatum: convert to Islam, pay the jizya tax and abide by a list of restrictions, or else risk being killed. In a statement posted online, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) said it would give Christians protection if they paid […]
Hi friends, (Updated December 2013)  CANCER SCARE: My wife – of 54 wonderful years – Jan has suffered a couple of serious health issues in the last couple of months (Pulmonary Embolism, and an aggressive form of Uterine Cancer). See here for updates. (Rev.) Jan Croucher enjoyed several […]
Dear family and special friends February 20, 2014 Jan and I thank all the wonderful nurses who have been our faithful servants over the last nine months. She’s off to the Haematologist this morning for a check-up on her blood situation – it was a pulmonary embolism which kicked off this whole saga. Then to […]
QUESTIONS & RESPONSES: the 30 toughest questions I’ve ever been asked, and some responses [ROUGH DRAFT, as at 11/1/2014] FOREWORD When someone makes an appointment to see me, a ‘generalist’ pastoral counselor, what do we talk about? Short answer: anything at all that’s important for them. Within the first five minutes I invite my parishioner/client […]
[A little warning: sometimes the ads which appear above such articles as this one are, to say the least, suggestive. We do our best to cleanse our website of these: but Google ads are our only source of income. Thanks for your understanding!] Updated February 2014. “For every complex problem there is an answer that […]
DOM HELDER CAMARA My top three (male) heroes are Jesus of Nazareth, Dom Helder Camara, and Francis of Assisi, in that order… (He’s one of three 20th/21st century Catholic Archbishops I admire, each of whom chose slightly different routes in opposing violent regimes. The other two: Pope Francis, and Archbishop […]
JOHN MARK MINISTRIES is a counseling, consulting, preaching, mentoring, seminar and writing ministry, especially for pastors, ex-pastors, church leaders and their spouses. Named after John Mark, the young first century apostle who 'bombed out' of ministry when it was hard, we try to help/encourage pastoral leaders - and others - who are also 'in transition' due to stress and burnout.
(Rev. Dr.) Rowland Croucher