A Special Need Prayer Request In a Detroit church one Sunday morning, a preacher said, “Does anyone have a ‘Special Need’ who wants to be prayed over? If so please come forward to the front by the altar.” With that, Leroy got in line and waited until it was his turn. The Preacher asked, “Leroy, what do […]
Hi friends, (Updated May 2014)  CANCER SCARE: My wife – of 54 wonderful years – Jan has suffered a couple of serious health issues in the last 12 months (mainly Pulmonary Embolism, and an aggressive form of Uterine Cancer + a few other medical issues). See here for updates. (Rev.) […]
Dear family and special friends 17 June 2014 After five days in hospital (two clots in Jan’s lungs: see below), this morning came the phone call I was eagerly awaiting: ‘I’m dressed and ready to come home.’ She’s very tired (sometimes hospitals aren’t easy places to enjoy peace and quiet, especially with four people in […]
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 […]
Updated July 2014. “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong.” (H L Mencken) “One can resist the invasion of armies; one cannot resist the invasion of ideas.” (Victor Hugo) “Nothing is more sad than the death of an illusion. ” (Arthur Koestler). (Sad, Arthur?). John Maynard Keynes: “When […]
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