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Indiana Here I Come! (After Kansas and Oregon …)

Wow! Goosebumps! Thanks, Kim, for sending this great video from ECC for your upcoming women’s retreat: I kept thinking, “I wish I could go!” And then I thought, “Hey! I GET to go!” So excited to be with you and your women— Love, Tara B.

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Thanks Everyone—My Dad Did Die Today

Thanks so much for all of the comments and facebook notes and emails too. My dad passed about an hour ago. It’s a strange and sad day of course. Really appreciate all of your kindnesses— Yours, Tara B.

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Peacemaker Conference Keynotes Available!

The leader of our church’s Peacemaking Team told me this morning that he may be getting the entire team together to listen to these and I can’t wait: 2010 Peacemaker Conference Audio Keynotes I’ve heard nothing but raves about them all.

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Holy Groans

Yet another reason why this is the only daily e-devotional to which I subscribe: Holy Groans Thank you, RZIM and Rachel Tulloch.

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Airport Time = Illinois Lawyer Tips & Best Worst Fiction Lines …

I love to catch up on lots of things during travel. This morning, I turned a half-blind eye to my 100+ “respond to later” emails and lightened my load literally by plowing through my pile of unread Illinois Bar Magazines. (That’s “Bar” as in “Member of the Bar” lawyerly magazine, not “bar” as in how to mix adult beverages magazine.) …

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Shepherd Leaders

(Some wisdom from my coauthor, Cap’n Dave, taken from our rough draft of “Redeeming Church Conflict’s” Chapter 10—“Authoritative Leadership” …) “First Peter 5 verses 1-3 call elders to be shepherd leaders who care for the flock entrusted to them by God. Verse 3 tells elders to ‘be examples to the flock.’ The question naturally follows, examples of what? The short …

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Pleasant Places & A Beautiful Inheritance

We are only into week two of our fall women’s study on the Psalms, but already I’ve been tremendously blessed. This week we are studying Psalm 16. Reading it (slowly) and then re-reading it multiple times was a true balm to my soul: “Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, ‘You are …

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How We Do Battle

I remember when I first heard a woman in my church explain to her children how to do spiritual battle—that their “swords” were actually their memory verses. She reminded them of how Christian battled Apollyon in the children’s version of Pilgrim’s Progress they were reading. And years later, that image still sticks in my mind. (As I assume it does in …

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Well … It Looks Like We Really Need to Write this Thing Now!

Dave Edling and I heard great news from Baker Books yesterday: their acquisitions and publications board has accepted our book proposal (“Redeeming Church Conflicts”) for publication (!). The details are still to be worked out, but it looks like we really need to hunker down and write this thing now. THANKS for your prayers and your encouragement too! Happy Thursday, …

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Ten Questions for My Friends at the Peacemaker Conference

I’m praying for all of the Peacemaker Ministries staff members and attendees at this year’s Peacemaker Conference. I’m sure they’re all having a great time and learning a lot as they encourage and enjoy each other. I hope to see some FaceBook posts soon telling me all about it (hint hint 🙂 ). While I wait patiently for the insider’s …

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