When Your Calling Feels Like Death
Doing God's will, even in ministry, isn't always fun and flourishing.
When Your Calling Feels Like Death. Doing God's will, even in ministry, isn't always fun and flourishing. Giving up our time and energy and control all feel like death.
When a Member of Your Church Is Dying
Preparing yourself and your church to embrace purpose and service when death looms.
When a Member of Your Church Is Dying. Preparing yourself and your church to embrace purpose and service when death looms. The Increasing Delimma of Death.
Violence at Churches in 2017
The most violent year for faith-based organizations in the United States.
(An act with “deadly force potential” is defined as an attack that did, or could have, caused death.) From January 1, 1999 through December 31, 2017, there have been no fewer than
Learn to appreciate each other’s gifts for a healthy ministry and marriage.
My husband and I learned through trial, pain, and suffering how to appreciate the gifts, talents, and abilities God has embedded in each of us, miraculously avoiding the death of our
What Are You Leading People to Expect from Jesus?
God may not be interested in satisfying every one of our desires.
In fact, in some ways his birth and his life—and eventually his death—introduced new forms of suffering, making these people's lives more difficult than they otherwise would have been.
Your Facebook Account Has Not Been Hacked – But Your Credibility Might Have Been
If we can’t be trusted to get verifiable facts right, how can we be trusted about a story that rests on the fact of a dead body rising from the grave?
But the facts of Jesus' life, death and resurrection are so historically verifiable that attacking them directly is a fool's game. So if you can't attack a truth directly, what do you do?
A Conductor of Community
Gail Song Bantum turned a love of music into a life of ministry.
I attempt to quiet my thoughts. Eventually, I turn to Google to expand upon the greater idea of life stemming from death, but still the phoenix appears. From death, comes life.
Why Your Church Needs a Defibrillator
How one church’s use of an AED illustrates the importance of having one on-site.
malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other organs—is a leading cause of death,” warns the
Saving the Funeral from an Untimely Death
People today are confused about what funerals are for. How should pastors respond?
Saving the Funeral from an Untimely Death. The Christian funeral is uniquely positioned to help those far from death attend to it, so they need not obsess over it when it is near.
The Bunker Is My Refuge and Strength
What living next to a doomsday prepper taught me about loving my neighbor.
I want to preach the cross and to somehow live out its calling as that which puts hostility to death. I want my life to be a safe place for any panicked sinners who confront me.
How to Keep Leading When You Feel Like Falling Apart
5 things to do when you face tragedy and turmoil
Those who have watched siblings suffer through illness, or even death, understand the level of grief these two women felt when their brother, Lazarus, became sick and died.
The Ministry of Absence
Why Henri Nouwen warned pastors about becoming "too available."
Not necessarily a perceived emergency to the person (we all tend to think our personal tragedies are emergencies), but a true emergency like a sudden death or a tragic accident.
What Leaders Can Learn from Violent Incidents at Churches
2016 statistics show churches should look for signs of domestic abuse.
In five of the known reasons, the trigger was a personal conflict between two or more people. In four of the known reasons, the trigger was a robbery that ended in a victim's death.
How Pastors Can Reclaim the Role of Spiritual Parent
I don’t wear a collar, but "Father" is still the best description of my calling.
He walked me through the death of my stepfather, my struggles with alcohol, the remarriages of my parents, and the gaping hole left in my heart by a father I never really knew.