Eddie Pipkin

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About Eddie Pipkin

Eddie Pipkin has 30 years in ministry experience at churches in Georgia and Florida, primarily in the United Methodist Church. His ministry leadership includes stints in youth and children's ministry, creative worship design, outreach and missions, communications, special event coordination, and leadership development. He currently resides in Orlando, Florida. His original careers were in journalism and teaching at the college level, and he has a Master's Degree in English from the University of Central Florida (with an emphasis in creative writing). He also has worked as an independent editor, and he has an alter-ego known as the Rapping Lamb. He is an avid cyclist, outdoorsman and pie aficionado.

Beyond Virtual Walls

By Eddie Pipkin As we continue to find a way forward in this unprecedented crisis, it’s been inspiring to see local churches find creative ways to stay connected to their congregations and keep members of their flocks engaged and supporting one another.  Pastoral and volunteer leadership has really stepped up, making sure that their communities [...]

No Crisis Wasted

By Eddie Pipkin Rahm Emmanuel, former Obama presidency chief of staff and Chicago mayor from 2011 to 2019, was perhaps most famous for this quote: “You never let a serious crisis go to waste.  It’s an opportunity to do things you could not do before.”  The present crisis is going to change us all. We [...]

Apocalypse Adaptations

By Eddie Pipkin Greetings, brave new pioneers in the age of creative adaptation.  You are responding with creativity to the perplexing paradox of this pandemic, to wit: Right when circumstances banish us from physical proximity to one another, people need us now, more than ever.  Not only do we find ourselves solving for a way [...]

What Now?

By Eddie Pipkin Three weeks ago, on February 27th, I wrote a speculative blog about the potential effects of a COVID-19 outbreak.  That seems like a lifetime ago.  What I wrote then felt a little over the top – preparing for lockdowns and long-term disruption – but proved disturbingly prescient.  Local churches have never faced [...]

Nuclear Decay

By Eddie Pipkin Last week I wrote about reconceiving men’s ministry, based on societal shifts in the concept of “manhood” and what it means to be a man/husband/father.  On the heels of that rumination, a friend sent me a link to a provocative article published in this month’s issue of The Atlantic by noted author, [...]

Man, Oh Man

By Eddie Pipkin I recently had coffee with the talented and thoughtful worship leader at the local church my wife and I have been attending.  What I had seen of his public persona I liked a lot, so when he sent an email proposing we get together, I enthusiastically accepted.  His boss, the lead pastor, [...]

Coronavirus Chaos

By Eddie Pipkin As the coronavirus outbreak (now known by the more precise name given to this unique strain, COVID-19) slips past the emergency efforts to control its transmission, it is becoming more and more likely that the impact will spread worldwide, including to the U.S.  Having watched the dramatic images from China over the [...]

Proactive vs. Reactive

By Eddie Pipkin I was in a Cracker Barrel off I-75 in Georgia earlier this week, making a pit stop, when I encountered an unusual appeal to find salvation and assure my entry to Heaven.  You can see it in the accompanying photo.  It’s an evangelism tract perched atop a urinal in the Cracker Barrel [...]

Generosity as Stability

By Eddie Pipkin As we conclude our series on discipleship made relevant for modern culture, I saved for the finale what I think of as one of our most hopeful and practical assertions.  For people who are struggling to find economic stability, a life of generosity and stewardship is the path to sanity.  It’s utterly [...]

Openness as Adventure

By Eddie Pipkin As we arrive at the penultimate week of our blog series on revelatory discipleship strategies, we consider the fear faced by people who are interested in the concept of spirituality but frightened by the unknowns of what “letting go and letting God” might actually look like.  We talk a lot in our [...]

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