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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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28 Jan Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Feeling Guilty & Intentional Rest

Feeling Guilty & Intentional Rest

Feeling Guilty & Intentional Rest

Do you ever find yourself talking more about something you’re passionate about, but not actually doing it? I hate to admit it, but I find myself in these situations. I was in a meeting six months ago where we were discussing the need for ministries to provide opportunities for their staff to rest and be spiritually […]

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21 Jan Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Practical Tips for a Personal Retreat

Practical Tips for a Personal Retreat

Practical Tips for a Personal Retreat

We’re excited to have our good friend and author Doug Jones back with two special guests posts on the spiritual discipline of personal retreat. Be sure to check out his first post entitled “Why We Need Retreats.” – Editor’s Note A Day Alone With God During my early years in ministry I often wanted to […]

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Why We Need Retreats

Why We Need Retreats

We’re excited to have our good friend and author Doug Jones back with two special guests posts on the spiritual discipline of personal retreat. Be sure to check back next week as well for the second half entitled “Scheduling a Day Alone with God.” – Editor’s Note The Need for Retreats During the first week […]

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Talk Less This Year

Talk Less This Year

“We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.” – Mother […]

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31 Dec Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Happy New Years!

Happy New Years!

Happy New Years!

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30 Dec Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Let’s Celebrate!

Let’s Celebrate!

Let’s Celebrate!

A friend of mine recently ran 50 miles, in one day, just for fun. That’s not my kind of fun! I’ll never run that far at one time. You know why? …because that’s too long to wait for an ice cream cone to celebrate an achievement. Our students love to party. Face it, even we […]

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24 Dec Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

“Loving Father, Help us remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and worship of the wise men. Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world. Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with […]

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17 Dec Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on 3 Things to do this December

3 Things to do this December

3 Things to do this December

Our church calendars always seem to follow a rhythm, don’t they? There’s a big push in August to get things up and rolling, a big event midyear to keep momentum churning, and a hectic April as we try to wrap up the school year, end growth groups well, and find interns for the summer. While […]

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10 Dec Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Soul Care and the Family

Soul Care and the Family

Soul Care and the Family

“The blind leading the blind…” “Having trouble seeing the forest through the trees.”  “Putting the cart before the horse….”  “You’re a mile wide and an inch deep…” There are many different ways to get at it, but it seems to be a common theme among ministry leaders.  As people charged with the soul care of […]

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