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Listen to the Shepherd

September 1, 2014 8:00 AM

Living life well requires following God. Leading others well requires following God. Following God requires hearing God. Yet usually, our Lord doesn't speak in an audible voice. We can't hear him with our physical ears. He has given us...

6 Ways to Make Sabbath Realistic for Ministry Leaders

August 28, 2014 8:00 AM

Finding the middle spot in the dim room between round tables draped in white, I push high heels into the carpet under a ceiling of twinkle lights and speak to women seated around china tea cups and glass plates...

On Not Getting Killed

July 31, 2014 8:00 AM

Great psychological thrillers, combined with innumerable episodes of crime drama, have given me a healthy appreciation of the dangers of picking up hitchhikers. In sum: hitchhikers bad. First nicey nicey and uber-friendly. Then stabby stabby and a cold, shallow...

Lead Me On: Mouthy Mistakes

July 24, 2014 8:00 AM

I talk too much. It's a habit. I talktoofast and talktoomuch. Sometimes I could stand to zip it. I'm working on it. However, I hate to contribute to what has been a common refrain in society—a common refrain also...

What Did I Expect?

June 30, 2014 8:00 AM

He didn't say, "Take up your sofa, the really light comfy one, and follow me." He also didn't say, "Click 'like' and follow my entertaining tweets from the comfort of your own home." Just like he didn't say, "Here's...

When Your Calling Feels too Small

May 29, 2014 8:00 AM

Lately, I'm hearing a lot about "calling" and following wherever Jesus leads. And I've been right there on the front row, soaking it up. When I read on this site about Jennie Allen's book Restless, I bought the eBook...

Your Next Women's Ministry Event: Leading Women to Jesus

May 8, 2014 8:00 AM

Leaving church one afternoon, I was talking to "Nancy," a leader I served with. A new leader, "Sally," stopped to ask Nancy a question. Sally had just completed her training session and noticed one of the requirements of all...

Don't Omit the Obvious

May 1, 2014 8:00 AM

In Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic movie The Sound of Music, Maria, the new nanny for the von Trapp family, finds that the children don't know how to sing. So she teaches them the musical scale in song: "Let's start...

Don’t Be a Victim of Your Intellect

April 3, 2014 8:00 AM

It wasn't until I began attending my new church that I realized much of my ministry life has been directed by my own ideas and capabilities and not by total reliance on God. I have always endeavored to "do...

Don’t Be Fooled by Counterfeits

March 20, 2014 8:00 AM

Walking beside the Sea of Galilee, Jesus called to four fishermen, "Follow me." Simon and Andrew "left their nets at once and followed him." James and John "followed him, leaving the boat and their father behind." All four responded...

If Your Heart is Right, Ignore the Critics

January 6, 2014 8:00 AM

Ambition is complicated. When related to material things it sounds like greed, so we often take the idea of “bigger and more” in our lives and boil it all down to sin. We sit in the back like my...

Living the Line

June 21, 2012 11:56 AM

Scripture is full of one-liners. I’m not referring to jokes, although there is humor in the Bible. The one-liners I’m speaking of are people. Significant people who are summarized in single sentences show up all over the Bible. But...

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