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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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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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Formational Service

Formational Service

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. In week one, we talked about the very helpful practice of “unplugging.” Week two focused on the role leaders have in […]

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Mentoring as a Spiritual Discipline

Mentoring as a Spiritual Discipline

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. Two weeks ago, we talked about the very helpful practice of “unplugging” as a way of starting this series. Last week, […]

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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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Helping Students Unplug

Helping Students Unplug

Note from the Editor: For the month of May, we’re focusing in on the idea of cultivating spiritual formation in the lives of our students. We’ve spent April reflecting on the spiritual disciplines that have been of personal benefit (Intentional Space, Welcoming Prayer, Solitude, and Sabbath), but now we want to ask the question, “What […]

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Revisiting Sabbath

Revisiting Sabbath

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God … For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. […]

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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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Welcoming Pain as Our Teacher

Welcoming Pain as Our Teacher

About 15 years ago, I found myself struggling with fatigue and with pain in my muscles. After several months of trying to figure out what it was, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. It took me some time to accept this diagnosis. I searched for another reason for why I felt so bad, something I could […]

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Purple Cows and Bible Studies

Purple Cows and Bible Studies

Sacred Cows and their Purple Step-Cousins We have all heard about Sacred Cows in ministry. It is an idea or custom that has risen unreasonably above criticism; carrying weight and influence; as if it were a sacred object. In ministry it is a program, a preferential tradition, paint color, namesake, contemporary song or building, among […]

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