Author: marcusjcarlson

Why we Need to Check in on Each Other and Other Important Thoughts on Transition, Grief, Change and More

April 15, 2020. I type these words in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, a season that is in many ways unprecedented. It is a time of great uncertainty, fear, change, grief and so much more. It is in many ways unfamiliar territory as communities, schools, businesses and entire countries are shutting down. People are facing economic and physical hardship, loss of jobs, loss of life and much more.  Why we Need to Check in […]

Thoughts on Feelings: Pain, Suffering, Lament, Fear and Grief

As I have been thinking and reflecting, particularly during long walks listening to podcasts, music as well as embracing silence, I thought it might be valuable to share some of my reflections on five particular feelings: pain, suffering, lament, fear and grief. For each I want to share a working, but perhaps limited definition. I also want to share some additional thoughts along with the opposite of each feeling and the antidote or vaccine if […]

Thoughts on Sabbath

February 2, 2012 is a day I will never forget, a day that changed my life and ministry forever. The message shared that day on sabbath dramatically impacted my life, my relationship with Jesus, my family and my ministry forever. I was a classic workaholic pastor. I took time off and relaxed, but I never shut down. I was always connected and constantly available. I blatantly ignored the sabbath command. I was too important; the […]

Church Worship as an Idol?

These are strange times we find ourselves in. Covid-19 has changed our way of life, especially as it relates to the church and worship.  I left my full time pastor position at the end of 2019 for the health of my family. When I did so I knew there would be things that I would miss and others that I would not. I also knew that it would be important to find a new church […]

Oz Leadership

A repost of an article I wrote several years ago for the Fuller Dmin Burner Blog… The Wizard of Oz was one of my favorite movies as a kid and I see its reemergence as something worth noting. Recently I found myself reflecting on three of the characters from the original movie and realized each has something to teach us about leadership. While the scarecrow without the brain, the tin man without the heart and […]

Sabbatical!

On May 29 at 2pm, I begin sabbatical. It is the first of my career and something I have been waiting for and looking forward to for a long time. I need it. I deserve it. I have earned it. I will be gone 9 weeks total, 6 weeks of those sabbatical, 2 of them continuing education and 1 vacation.  The point of sabbatical is to experience renewal. There are a variety of ways that […]

Israel Pilgrimage

I will be leading a pilgrimage to Israel in October of 2020 with optional tours afterwards. This is a fantastic trip, one I have experienced as a participant and a leader. You can join us from almost any airport in the United States. Click the links below to learn more! Email me Israel Brochure Israel Trip Registration Link

Why Orange?

I often get asked  why it is that I love orange so much. When I am asked, I generally offer one of a couple responses, but decided that it would be fun to write a blog about why I enjoy the color orange so much. I have always liked the color orange. It is vibrant, fun, easy to notice and not as celebrated as many of the other main colors. I grew up near Syracuse, […]

Updated Bucket List

I first published by bucket list in January of 2014 and as I continue to work on this list, I find it encouraging to review where I am from time to time. I also occasionally add some items to the list and have yet to give up on anything and remove it.   To Complete: Take Micah & Abby to El Salvador to meet our Compassion Kids See Syracuse play in NCAA Final Four Take […]

Orange

I often get asked ¬†why it is that I love orange so much. When I am asked, I generally offer one of a couple responses, but decided that it would be fun to write a blog about why I enjoy the color orange so much.   I have always liked the color orange. It is vibrant, fun, easy to notice and not as celebrated as many of the other main colors.   I grew up […]

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