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Giving Thanks for that We Do Not Deserve or Expect
Each Thanksgiving season, I'm struck by the fact that people give thanks for things that they perhaps did not expect. This Thanksgiving, I am spending time with my family in Florida. I am grateful for the warmer weather and the time to rest a bit. This has also given me some time to think...
Two Sides of Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving, giving thanks, and/or being thankful is both expressive and confessional.  In a capitalistic society there are a lot of goods and services exchanged every day. And if you’re like us, you tend to say “thanks” to the employee(s) providing the goods or services. For...
Kay Warren: Four Things My Son’s Suicide Taught Me About Mental Health & The Church
In recognizing the crucial role that church leaders play in eradicating the stigma around mental illness, Rick and Kay Warren have set out on a mission to educate others about mental illness. It’s been six years now since Saddleback Church co-founders Rick and Kay Warren tragically lost...
The Christian Roots of the Fair Trade Movement
Beneath the buzzwords around sustainability, transparency, and ethical sourcing we find something far more important than consumerism: Christ-centered love for our neighbors. Americans do the most shopping during the last two months on the calendar, fulfilling Christmas gift lists, taking...
The Quiet Liturgy of Fred Rogers
‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ taught us to love—not fear—our neighbor.
How a Minnesota Monk Saves Middle East Manuscripts and Testifies to God’s Providence
Columba Stewart says preserving Muslim texts is "part of the work of evangelism." The shooting started right away. Columba Stewart had just touched down in Timbuktu when Islamist militants launched another attack. The fighters were trying to retake control of Mali, after United Nations forces...
The Georgia Legislature Endorsed Bible Classes. Twice. Why Aren’t Schools Teaching Them?
Despite growing push to put the Bible in classrooms, the politics have only a minor impact on classrooms. Steve J. Smith wants the 671 high school students in Bleckley County, Georgia, to know the Bible. As a Southern Baptist pastor, Smith believes Scripture has the power to transform their...
The First Christian
Mary’s preeminent example as a Christ follower neither began or ended at Christmas. Once upon a time, the Virgin Mary pervaded the life and thought of the Western world. Her presence was so expansive, in fact, that even European fairy tales acknowledged her status. Take Cinderella. An abusive...
Pastors & Burnout: A Personal Reflection
I have felt the heat of burnout in my own experience (31 years of pastoral ministry in three churches). “And if you don’t like it, there’s the door!” Those words spoken from the pulpit out of the mouth of a ministry colleague introduced me to pastoral burnout. After...
Who Watches the Watchmen? Notes on Ministry Leadership
If we are to fulfill this mission and do what a human cannot do—be the Watchman God calls us to be—then we need to finally let others watch over us.  Nearly 2000 years ago, the Roman poet, Juvenal, asked the question “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” Or, “Who...
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