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Aaron Brown  // Posts published by Aaron Brown

02 Jun Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on A Midyear Review

A Midyear Review

A Midyear Review

The first half of 2015 has been both a busy and fluid one for Project Renovation. Our own Rick Rhoads, director of the Project, went on a much deserved sabbatical and earned a Doctorate. In addition, my wife and I (Aaron) had a baby boy named Eliot and that changed everything. We’re grateful for God’s […]

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Getting Out of God’s Way

Getting Out of God’s Way

Editor’s Note: In the month of May, we’re focusing on the idea of cultivating spiritual formation in the lives of our students – inviting them to meet God by introducing them to spiritual disciplines. Last week, we talked about the very helpful practice of “unplugging” as a way of starting this series. Today, we invite […]

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Welcoming Solitude as Our Teacher

Welcoming Solitude as Our Teacher

“In repentance and rest you shall be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength.” Isaiah 30:15 Entering the Fortress of Solitude One of my favorite places on earth is a tiny little shack nestled in a small forest hollow in Southern New York. Amongst a carpet of ferns and beside a quiet brook, this […]

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Caring Well for Your Co-Workers

Caring Well for Your Co-Workers

Editor’s Note: For the month of March, we’re focusing our attention on the theme of caring well for the souls of those with whom you work, those men and women that we minster shoulder-to-shoulder with every day. In the task-oriented and often times urgency-driven environments of our ministry’s “behind the scenes”, it’s important to thinking […]

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20 Jan Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on What a new dad wants you to know about youth ministry

What a new dad wants you to know about youth ministry

What a new dad wants you to know about youth ministry

“Life with a newborn is like running a youth group all-nighter that never ends. Hey Parents, come pick up your kid! …oh wait.” A little under two weeks ago, I crossed the youth ministry Rubicon and became a parent. I now have a pre-teenager, and while he still may be thirteen years away from Adolescence, […]

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07 Oct Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Is Youth Group a Hospital?

Is Youth Group a Hospital?

Is Youth Group a Hospital?

I’ve been to the emergency room exactly four times in my life: Once as a little kid when I needed stitches in my forehead after sleep-waking into the corner of a piece of furniture Once as a teenager when I got kicked in the head. Once as a youth ministry volunteer when I broken my […]

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30 Sep Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on An Undivided Heart

An Undivided Heart

An Undivided Heart

Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; Give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. – Psalm 86:11-12 Whole-Heartedly It’s always struck me when I’ve read this passage that the […]

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09 Sep Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Seeking God in the Ordinary

Seeking God in the Ordinary

Seeking God in the Ordinary

“There are no ordinary moments.” – Dan Millman I don’t recall the first time I heard the phrase “there are no ordinary moments,” but I do remember my reaction. I nodded my head with the vague comprehension of someone who didn’t want to look like they didn’t get it. Something about every moment being extraordinary… […]

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Me, My Wife, and the Ministry Box

Me, My Wife, and the Ministry Box

“Men are like Waffles. Women are like Spaghetti.” I don’t remember when I first heard the proverb “Men are like Waffles, Women are like Spaghetti” but I can remember my reaction, “Really?!?” I definitely remember a twinge of skepticism in me as my inner rebel chafed at the label. After all, I don’t even like […]

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03 Dec Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Getting the Wrong Things Ready

Getting the Wrong Things Ready

Getting the Wrong Things Ready

It seems like every year, the holiday season gets busier and busier. What was once Black Friday is now Black Thursday, which used to be Thanksgiving. What was once 2 additional Christmas Eve services is looking like it’ll need to be 4 this year. The simple appreciation dinner for your volunteers has grown with success […]

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