“One of the reasons people need pastors is precisely because God is always present but usually not apparent. Thus, the parish minister’s soul becomes a crucible in which sacred visions are ground together with the common and at times profane experiences of human life. Out of this sacred mix, pastors find their deep poetry, not only for the pulpit, but also for making eternal sense out of the ordinary routines of the congregation.”
— Craig Barnes in The Pastor As Minor Poet