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Don’t Hide from Hardship

March 13, 2014 8:00 AM

I wept as I heard the diagnosis four years ago: “You are losing your hearing.” Questions about my job, relationships, and life in general permeated my brain. Every “what if” plowed over me, and they were mowing me down...

3 Temptations of Leadership: Pride

January 13, 2014 8:00 AM

In an op-ed column in the New York Times, Frank Bruni had these admiring words to say about Pope Francis on the heels of the pontiff’s interview with Fr. Anthony Spadaro, S.J.: “It was the sweetness in his timbre,...

3 Temptations of Leadership: Abuse of Power

January 9, 2014 8:00 AM

I remember sitting at the lunch table with one of my friends in college when he dropped a bomb on me: “I’d say that at least 50 percent of the Bible majors are addicted to porn.” “What? You mean...

How Did Jesus Teach?

December 1, 2011 11:12 AM

Recently, a friend shared a conversation she’d had with another woman in leadership. “All she talked about is how no one will support her preaching, and how she’s having a hard time getting ordained. Not once did she talk about...

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,...

Harnessing Our Humanity

April 27, 2011 1:24 PM

Have you ever led a small group in which the following type of scenario took place? You’re excited because you invited a new person to your small group—perhaps a young co-worker or a student you met on campus—and this...

Chasing after Glory

April 18, 2011 8:00 AM

Eleven months ago I stepped out of full-time ministry to give birth to my first child. After working for nine years as a pastor and one year as a hospital chaplain, I knew the transition from ministry to motherhood would...

Wondering Why We're Sent

June 12, 2009 8:29 PM

When I walk into a roomful of strangers, I engage in what is, at best, a self-imposed test in discernment; at worst a superficial gamble. I scan the women to whom I will be speaking and instinctually begin an imprecise...

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