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Easter Joy Belongs to the Melancholy
The celebration of Christ’s resurrection stands in contrast to Christmas joy.
Good News in Rural America: There’s More to the Story than Poverty and Disappointment
Jesus is alive and active in rural America.
When Pastors Are Sexual Abuse Survivors
Childhood trauma can sabotage ministry in sinister ways.
The Bunker Is My Refuge and Strength
What living next to a doomsday prepper taught me about loving my neighbor.
I Discipled a Murderer
When people don't change, are our efforts in vain?
Leading A Church Through Difficult Times: A Lesson From “The Most Bombed Hotel In The World”
After almost 2,000 years of attacks from without and within, the fact that the church continues to not just survive, but thrive is nothing short of a miracle.
No Easy CallingSubscriber Access Only
Three honest stories about the rewards—and challenges—of bi-vocational ministry.
Make Your Voice Heard at the Table
3 ways to help get your ideas across when you’re working with men
How to Transform Ministry Disappointment into Hope
What you are doing matters, even when fruit appears to be scarce.
If Our Church Was Bigger, We Could…
There’s not a single command to the church that cannot be accomplished by two or three people who love Jesus, each other, and the community they’re called to reach. 
Find Your Place in God's Story
Like Esther, you may be exactly where you are for a specific purpose.
Four Questions to Ask When Complacency Calls
With all the politicking, protesting, and terrorizing, it’s tempting to give up the fight.
Diminish the Power of Negative Circumstances
Take control of your circumstances by changing your mindset.
To Fight Discouragement, Fan Your Flame
Times of discouragement are inevitable in ministry, but we can learn to combat them.
When This Pastor Got Political
I thought a town hall meeting would be the perfect venue to fight for justice. I was oh-so-wrong.
Uniting a Violence-Plagued City in Prayer
Neither death threats nor tepid response discouraged two pastors from praying over every murder site in their city for years.
Are You Missing What God Is Doing While Holding Out For Something Bigger?
When we get to heaven will God ask some of us "Why did you look down on the ministry I gave you?"
When You Feel Like A Failure (A Good Friday Reflection)
So much of Jesus’ life, ministry and message looked like a failure. Until the resurrection.
Why I've Stopped Reading All Those '10 Reasons Your Church Isn’t Growing' Lists
Please stop beating us down for what you think we’re not doing. Guilt doesn’t motivate, it discourages.
Clumped Christians: When Fear Overwhelms Faith
When a healthy church gathers for worship it should renew our passion to mobilize and move out in ministry.
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Why ‘Being Christian Without the Church’ Fails the Good Friday Test
Why ‘Being Christian Without the Church’ Fails the Good Friday Test
According to the gospel of John, the cross casts us into community.
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