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The Promise of Church

August 7, 2014 8:00 AM

In Confessions, Augustine tells the conversion story of Marius Victorinus, an honored philosopher in ancient Rome whose statue stood in the Roman forum. Before his baptism as a Christian, he had vigorously defended the idolatrous Roman cults. After his...

Sometimes Ministry Happens at Home

May 5, 2014 8:00 AM

I wasn't ready for it. After all, she's only just turned 8. And what 8-year-old do you know who's called an after-dinner meeting to tell you gently but categorically that "it's just not working anymore"? That she "can't stand...

When Family Pressures Threaten Your Ministry

February 10, 2014 8:00 AM

“Does your family demonstrate a spirit of peace?” I heard the preacher say. “No!” I yelled inside myself. Little did anyone know, our family was in a state of crisis. Our oldest son’s behavior was getting worse every day;...

Lead Me On: Dodging Dogma

December 12, 2013 8:00 AM

Over a holiday dinner once, I heard one family member tell another that drinking wine was forbidden by Jesus. “Forbidden?” the first person asked. Here we go, I thought. “Forbidden,” the second person said. “Wasn’t Jesus’ first miracle turning...

What Shape Are You In?

June 22, 2011 1:41 PM

When I start to feel drained of energy, or when I snap at people or feel resentful when I'm asked to help, these are my clues that my life is out of shape. Usually saying yes to too many opportunities...

4 Tips for Time Off

June 15, 2011 2:29 PM

One of the things I tend to neglect (and I know many leaders who struggle with this as well) is fully utilizing vacation time. I underestimate the value of rejuvenation that happens when I disconnect my mind from my usual...

The Joy of Communion

October 2, 2009 2:09 PM

Every night, I ask my two-year-old son a question: What should we thank God for today? In the months we have engaged in this practice, Quinn’s thanksgivings have included noodles, his friend Lily and raisins. One night during Lent, perched...

Praying for Our Prodigals

May 22, 2009 8:25 PM

Satan plays dirty. Really dirty. He is so clever at finding our weak spots, to trip us up as we walk the paths God has for us. He whispers not-so-sweet nothings in our ears. He beguiles us with our best...


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