Joy, it’s often so elusive. Mostly because we equate it with happiness or we somehow have defined it only as exuberance of heart and voice. We wonder, can we experience joy more mild-manneredly? For many Christians, we devalue the word happy and elevate the word joy because we somehow
The recent news from our dear friends at Willow Creek is daunting to say the least. Who’d have thought we’d be dealing with the #MeToo movement in the church, never mind one of the country’s finest? But, we are facing this new reality and it shouldn’t really be too
Welcome Home: Celebrating 15 Years of Soul Hospitality for Leaders The 15th Anniversary of Leadership Transformations was July 1, 2018. It’s hard to believe it’s been a decade and a half since Ruth and I ventured into this new ministry terrain. It was a healthy mixture of faith and
Have you given up or added anything to help you focus on the quality of your personal discipleship and spiritual formation this Lenten season? I was on the fence myself, right up to the last minute, but when I heard that one of the younger leaders we serve was giving up Facebook
The Year of Friendship: With God, Others and Self – part 7 The biblical text comes alive when the subject of friendship is revealed. As we conclude this blog series on spiritual friendship let me point you to several places in the Scriptures for your prayerful consideration, either alone or
“The Year of Friendship: With God, Others and Self” – part 6 Why is it that some of us have many life-giving friendships and others have very few? Perhaps we live in a place where it’s unsafe to foster friendship, as some would attest who live in very hostile environments.
“The Year of Friendship: With God, Others, and Self” – part 5 Immediately after college I began serving in a local church setting. My first ministry supervisor became my mentor and my friend. More than four decades later I can happily report that he’s still one of my mentors and
“The Year of Friendship: With God, Others and Self” – part 4 If all of a sudden three days opened up for you next week and you had unlimited resources at your fingertips to pamper yourself, guilt-free, how would you use your time? I know that for one of my