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Blog Entry | Spiritual Growth >
Houses of the Not-So Holy For the last month or so I have been drawn back into classic rock mode. I blame Pandora. I think it a»
Blog Entry | Women >
It doesn’t take much book knowledge to pick up on chemistry between two people. There’s this lightening-y (my compliments to Ratatouille) moment when you feel in sync, like they get you and time slows (or speeds up) long enough to notice each other. Like the first time a guy did a double-take at me and then came over to talk. Like the time I met F, who got all my jokes and could ask questions that kept me thinking. Or the time I met S»
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The story of the Wise Men following a star to find the Christ child is one of the most retold stories at Christmas time. And for good reason. Beyond being a nice tale, it be a paradigm for the discovery of a rich spiritual life. More
Blog Entry | Church Leadership >
6 restorative practices for well-being Leaders constantly give of themselves to those who serve. How can they recharge? Where can they find restorative practices for ministry that build up our well-being? Today I’m attending the Lewis Fellows alumni gathering at Wesley Theological Seminary and we are engaging in reflecting and reviewing our role as young leaders in the church. This morning, Dr. Matt Bloom led us pastors in examining our wel»
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Have you ever noticed that Jesus never called his earliest followers to pray, do justice, heal the sick or share the gospel? Not at first anyway. Instead, he called them to do two things and two things alone. Here they are. If we grasp this simple rhythm, it will result in a transformative spiritual life. More
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Two words combined to be a buzz phrase have appeared at different times and in different ways in Baptist life lately, especially at CBF General Assembly last month: Spiritual. Formation. The new Dawnings CBF initiative that offers a missional visioning process for new and old congregations has 3 components — vision, formation, and engagement. In Dawnings, formation is considered the sustaining force of visioning. Spiritual formation is the sust»
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If there’s one thing I wish we’d all experience, it's the sacred in the midst of the mundane.   But how do we do it?Church history argues the way we turn this wish into a reality is by practicing ‘spiritual disciplines.’  But if you are anything like me, I’m sure you’re saying, “Who has the time?”  We function on a level in which we constantly feel overworked, overwhelmed, tired, anxious, stressed, or a combination»
Blog Entry | Culture >
What does picking 6,000 avocados teach you about being a spiritually fruitful person? For starters, climbing ladders, snipping avocado after avocado, and getting on your knees for low-hanging fruit can teach you a lot about being spiritually fruitful…if you’re willing to listen the Master Grower. For the past two days, I’ve been down at our 12 acre organic lemon and avocado grove that is owned by The Grove Center for the Arts &a»
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I’ve been blogging a lot about holiness recently. I’ve written about what holiness is, why we should be holy, and why we would want to be holy. Today, we get practical. How can we pursue holiness in our lives? What can we do to look more and more like Jesus? Only the Holy Spirit can transform us, but we must cooperate with Him to foster holiness in our lives. Here are a few practical things we can do: 1. Practice an awareness of the p»
Blog Entry | Family >
I’d like to introduce you to Julia Roller, friend and fellow Books & Such Literary Agency author. Her new book, Mom Seeks God: Practicing Grace in the Chaos, is a beautiful and honest account of her struggles as a new mom and her desire to grow closer to The Lord. It was a privilege to read and endorse Julia’s book. May her heartfelt words encourage you on your journey. xo Becky Becoming a mom was the best thing that ever happened to me.»