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Jesus' Outreach Strategy Is Not Like Ours

April 7, 2014 8:00 AM

Recently, I was a guest at a beautiful Nashville farm property belonging to a popular Christian recording artist. When the other guests were talking about life on the road as a well-coiffed Southern Gospel musician or a gospel-announcing evangelist...

When the Passion Fades

January 3, 2012 3:56 PM

I’m in the midst of leading a project I don’t feel particularly passionate about. It didn’t start out this way. I launched into it with great enthusiasm. I was confident I was following God’s will by pursuing the project,...

Embracing Weakness

November 10, 2011 8:42 AM

Christian leaders love to talk about strengths. Want proof? Just ask your pastor to list her spiritual gifts, talk about his areas of passion, or tell you her Myers-Briggs profile (any other ENTJ’s out there?). You’re sure to get an...

5 Things I’ve Learned in Ministry

August 2, 2011 3:27 PM

Next month marks my one year anniversary of working in paid ministry. It's been a year full of joy, surprises, and challenges of all kinds. Here are five things I've learned in my rookie year: 1. If it was easy,...

Why the Church Needs to Teach about Body Image

May 26, 2011 10:49 AM

Recently, my church experienced its first-ever Five Day Challenge, an initiative launched several years ago by Willow Creek Community Church. The Challenge encourages people to eat only small portions of rice and beans at each meal as a tangible experience...

Taking a Sharpie to Your List

December 19, 2008 9:21 PM

No offense, but I'm crossing your name off my list with a big black Sharpie. I'm not crossing you out of my life—just off my list. It's not crossing you off because you're unimportant or because I don't care or...

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