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24 Sep Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Nothing to Say

Nothing to Say

Nothing to Say

Some of the greatest teachable moments in my own life have occurred when needing to teach, lead or write something for others, I start to work on it, and find I have nothing to say. I sit in front of a blinking cursor and a blank screen, and struggle to find words that I can […]

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17 Sep Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on The Light Switch

The Light Switch

The Light Switch

Let me paint a picture for you. You are sitting in a room engulfed in a moment; maybe writing a letter, reading a book or studying for a sermon.  Perhaps you are talking with a friend or simply relaxing with a cup of coffee.  Then unexpectedly someone flips the light switch filling the room with […]

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10 Sep Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Loneliness vs. Solitude

Loneliness vs. Solitude

Loneliness vs. Solitude

“Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone.  It has created the word ‘loneliness’ to express the pain of being alone.  And it has created the word ‘solitude’ to express the glory of being alone.” – Paul Tillich My husband and I moved to Pennsylvania when our children were 5 and 3 […]

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Hurried Sandwiches and Little Sabbaths

Hurried Sandwiches and Little Sabbaths

Hurrying Through Lunch As I grabbed a quick bite for lunch the other day, I caught myself practically inhaling a sandwich. I barely took a moment to chew before taking another bite. It was a weird feeling, and in the moment, it struck me as not only odd, but frankly ridiculous. I had no reason […]

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46 Cents

46 Cents

Growing up, there was one sound that would make me and my siblings jump up from the couch and race to the front door – the sound of the mail truck. As soon as we heard it, we would wait with anticipation for the mailman to drive down the street, then make their way back […]

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20 Aug Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on The Treasure Hunt

The Treasure Hunt

The Treasure Hunt

I was talking with a friend who leads the high school department for a local ministry. The ministry he works for is healthy, hundreds of students live within a 10 minute walk, he likes kids and yet there is only a hand-full of kids in his group. As our conversation continued he expressed mild disappointment […]

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13 Aug Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on The Gift of Our Limits

The Gift of Our Limits

The Gift of Our Limits

I can remember it like it was yesterday. It was our first year of full-time youth ministry, and within a one month period of time, Naomi and I both graduated college, got married, moved to a brand new town, and began two new jobs. Wow! What we were thinking? Since this all happened in February, […]

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06 Aug Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on The Art of Saying, “No”

The Art of Saying, “No”

The Art of Saying, “No”

Recently, I was asking to be involved in a great opportunity to start a new program at the ministry where I serve. It seemed like an amazing program to implement. We had some key volunteers invested, funds to get it started and the space to operate. I was really excited and ready to move forward! […]

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30 Jul Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Out of Empty Tombs

Out of Empty Tombs

Out of Empty Tombs

“Leave yourself alone.  Enter solitude.  Be silent.  Do your good deeds in secret.  Make dead space into holy ground. You will become less, it’s true.  But you will also become more: you will discover your true self and meet more often, lose less often, the Lord of the holy wild.  For out of empty tombs […]

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23 Jul Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Sketches, Perspectives, and God

Sketches, Perspectives, and God

Sketches, Perspectives, and God

Over the past eight years I have had the privilege of discipling and caring for the souls of college students here at LBC.   Often this formation comes in the form of helping young men and women navigate  the beginning stages of discovering their true identity. Now, identity is a tricky thing.  At its  core, identity […]

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