Mirrors dimly
Leaning Into CommunityAnne Marie Miller on what keeps us from knowing and being known.

I'm pleased to share this conversation with author and speaker Anne Marie Miller, whose latest book, Lean On Me: Finding Intentional, Vulnerable, and Consistent Community (Thomas Nelson, 2014) addresses cultural and personal resistances to community life and health. - ...

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Wednesday link list
WLL: The Softer Side of Calvinism, Pond Baptism, and Letting There Be LightJust LINK it.
WLL: The Softer Side of Calvinism, Pond Baptism, and Letting There Be Light

A bumper harvest this week (get coffee before reading).

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Ouch
Articulated PainDid "the" church hurt you, or "a" church? There's a world of difference.
Articulated Pain

Engaging the pain caused by the brokenness of believers is essential for honest, faithful ministry. Today, PARSE friend pastor Bob Hyatt offers a helpful perspective on where our hurts come from, and guess what? Grammar matters. - Paul

I recently did something I don’t ...

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"The just man justices..."
In Word, In DeedEugene Cho on the underrated need for quiet works of justice.
In Word, In Deed

Friends, I'm pleased to share this conversation with Eugene Cho, pastor of Seattle's Quest Church, founder of One Day's Wages,and author of Overrated. Today, we talk about what it takes to truly change the world. - Paul

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The spinning in-between
Our Difficult BalanceHow do we handle the disappointed expectations of ministry?
Our Difficult Balance

Ministry is nothing if not a grand balancing act. I imagine you'll relate to the dilemma of thought and feeling that Mandy Smith expresses in this sweet-and-sour meditation. -Paul

A former student of mine just left the ministry. Totally walked away. I understand why. She ...

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Friday Five
When It Wasn't Your Fault, But It Is Your PainAn Interview with Cynthia Ruchti
When It Wasn't Your Fault, But It Is Your Pain

Today we spoke with Cynthia Ruchti. Cynthia is an award winning author and speaker with 33 years of radio programming experience. Her most recent book is Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People’s Choices. We talked to Cynthia about our pain, the pain of others, ...

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Flesh of my flesh
The Spiritual Power of Physical Touch There is no replacement for human contact in the life of the church.
The Spiritual Power of Physical Touch

Across television screens trudge health care workers in hazmat suits protecting themselves from Ebola. Holding patients, disposing of bodies. Carefully encased to prevent touch. It is, perhaps, one of the most tragic dimensions of this dreaded disease, that (because of the ...

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