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Raising Up Women for Ministry Leadership: Tales from the Trenches, Part 3

April 17, 2014 8:00 AM

There is no job security in the Kingdom. Jesus promised we'd have both trouble and blessings. He said that we could ask and receive. He told us not to be fearful or anxious. In fact, Jesus had a great...

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...

Lead Me On: Don’t Be Surprised

March 31, 2014 8:00 AM

I recently heard a sermon about a man who possessed incredible faith: Jairus. And his daughter was about to die. Just as one would expect from a sermon, Jairus sought out Jesus, found him, secured a few one-on-one moments...

Giving Others the Freedom to Leave

December 23, 2013 8:00 AM

She was leaving. I stood in my kitchen, away from the laughter ringing in the living room, and listened as a woman from our small group explained her decision. Six months earlier, she and her husband had jumped into...

I’m Not Controlling

July 19, 2012 8:13 AM

When I go into Starbucks, I want my order to be just right. I prefer that my latte be made with one percent milk, two shots of espresso, and two shots of vanilla. I like it low foam and...

Thoughts on C. S. Lewis and Sabotage

May 29, 2012 10:11 AM

This is one of my favorite C. S. Lewis quotations, from Mere Christianity: “Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed, you might say landed in disguise, and is calling us all to take part in...

I Can Just Do It Myself…But Should I?

March 8, 2012 1:39 PM

I am a control freak, like many women in ministry. When I began the women’s ministry at my sweet church, I tried to do everything on my own, for many reasons. I enjoyed every aspect of ministry, of building...

4 Ways to Prevent Unintentional Gossip

November 21, 2011 3:46 PM

Sometimes I’m taken aback by how much gossip has become an acceptable part of our culture. Whether it’s learning the 411 on the celebrity of the hour or following the latest political gossip on Twitter, it’s hard to turn on...

Remember When

November 2, 2011 8:57 AM

How’s your memory? More specifically, how’s your faith-memory, your ability to remember and hold onto powerful moments with God long after they’ve passed? Turns out that reminding ourselves—and helping others do the same—builds the kind of faith that pleases God....

My New Mantra

January 25, 2011 1:00 PM

When is the last time you acted on a dream that could fail? Six months ago, I made the switch from professional volunteer to paid church employee. Along with my bank account, something else changed too: my appetite for change....

When a Pastor Becomes a Predator

September 19, 2008 10:16 PM

One day more than a decade ago, the senior pastor of my church stopped by my house unannounced. I had just had a baby, so I presumed his visit was pastorally motivated, although I was a little thrown off by...

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