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Rick Rhoads  // Posts published by Rick Rhoads

09 Jun Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on One Last Post

One Last Post

One Last Post

Embracing Seasons and Change I had just finished my last seminary exam and was now off to work for the evening at the hospital. Being my last semester in seminary I was beginning to tire of the question, “So what are your plans for after graduation?” I remember responding to people by simply saying, “I’m […]

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Slowing Down to Do More

Slowing Down to Do More

Editor’s Note: We’re excited to announce that our dear friend and Director of Project Renovation, Rick Rhoads is taking an extended sabbatical time this semester. As he wraps up his doctoral studies, he’s been freed up from his regular responsibilities to enjoy a well-deserved rest and opportunity to brainstorm. While we’ll all miss his presence […]

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23 Dec Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on The Door of Humility

The Door of Humility

The Door of Humility

The Wall and the Door It was a beautiful morning in late May as we worked our way through the streets of Jerusalem. For most of our students there was not a care to be had. For myself and my co-leader, we understood the gravity of what we were about to experience. All of sudden […]

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Who needs God when you have all of this?

Who needs God when you have all of this?

Enchanted Gardens It was March 1st, 1997.  I had just said, “I do!” to Naomi, who was now my wife.  It was an amazing day filled with family, loved ones and great friends.  Just as special, was our next day walking to our terminal at the airport.  See, being the hopeless romantic I decided to […]

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22 Jul Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on I was Wrong, pt. 3

I was Wrong, pt. 3

I was Wrong, pt. 3

Today marks the end of a three part by Rick Rhoads on the value of admitting you’re wrong. To check out the first post of this series, click here. To check out the second post of this series, click here. – Editor “Confession and admitting your wrong may be good for the soul, but it […]

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15 Jul Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on I was Wrong, pt. 2

I was Wrong, pt. 2

I was Wrong, pt. 2

We’re in the midst of a series by Rick Rhoads on the value of admitting you’re wrong. To check out the first post of this series, click here. – Editor “It is the highest form of self-respect to admit our errors and mistakes and make amends for them. To make a mistake is only an […]

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I was Wrong, pt. 1

I was Wrong, pt. 1

“Don’t be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect. It is this fragile thread that holds us together.” – Brian G. Dyson A Hot, Humid Argument It had been a long hot day in the beginning of June. One of those days where the humidity was so high, you could seemingly cut if […]

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15 Apr Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on A Season of Presence

A Season of Presence

A Season of Presence

An Environment for Presence A new season is upon us in Pennsylvania. Spring has sprung, life is reemerging after an especially harsh winter, and if you’re anything like most people, you’ve probably eager to get outside and breath it all in (unless you have allergies). In our family, one of the highlights of spring is […]

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25 Feb Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Caring for the Soul of Your Spouse

Caring for the Soul of Your Spouse

Caring for the Soul of Your Spouse

Editor’s Note: Throughout the month of February, we’ve been focusing on the theme of caring for the spouses in the midst of ministry, and tonight we cap off the month with an equipping event entitled, “Caring for the Soul of Your Spouse.” Today, we thought we’d share a post originally shared a few months ago […]

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When Ministry feels like a Mistress

When Ministry feels like a Mistress

Dinner and a Conversation Have you ever had one of “those” conversations with your spouse? The kind which leaves you numb and wondering how on earth you arrived at this place? The night was to be a celebration.   Naomi and I decided to go out for dinner marking the end to a long season of […]

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