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Monthly Archive for: ‘July, 2011’

Our Editor Has Approved and Accepted our Manuscript!

We just heard the wonderful news from our editor at Baker Books that “Redeeming Church Conflicts” has gone through all of the major editing needed for completion and we are on track for a May 1, 2012 roll-out. Needless to say, Dave Edling (my coauthor) and I are PSYCHED. Well. Dave is a very calm and reserved man, so maybe …

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Be in Heart What You Really Are

There is so much wisdom in this brief book: The Heart of a Servant Leader: Letters from Jack Miller. The example I was reviewing today was written to a man who was in conflict with his church leaders and then, after another pastor was brought into the conflict to try to help (‘Rob’), the man became conflicted with the new …

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Preventing Church Splits (HT: Thabiti Anyabwile)

Hooray for this GREAT post from Pastor Anyabwile: Preventing Church Splits It is so good. Truly. And it’s about far more than ‘just’ preventing church splits—it’s really about all of the ‘one anothering’ commands of Scripture. (Love one another. Serve one another. Pray for one another. Forgive one another. Bear one another’s burdens, etc.) If you love the Church and …

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Thoughtful Reflections on the Sad Passing of Amy Winehouse

I’m trying very hard to learn more about the current cultural icons so that I can better relate to the teens and young people in my life. This article on Amy Winehouse’s passing is a treasure trove of information to help better understand our youth (and the music that they are drawn to). It is also a thoughtful set of …

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Thank You, Rocky Mountain Presbytery (and Shayne and Pastor Rick in particular!!)

What a blessing it was to share in the fellowship at the Rocky Mountain Presbytery women’s retreat! THANK YOU, Shayne, for handling all of the (zillions of!) details. May God be glorified! Yours gratefully, Tara B. PS My cell phone camera just doesn’t do justice the view AT ALL: But our location was gloriously beautiful! And times with real-life-friends (like …

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Lust: Not for Men Only (by Carolyn McCulley)

Another great read from Carolyn McCulley: Lust: Not for Men Only

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Pain Does Its Work and Grace Takes Over (by Ajith Fernando)

PAIN DOES ITS WORK, AND GRACE TAKES OVER Written by Ajith Fernando while travelling abroad I left home on a trip abroad feeling very discouraged and hurt because of some problems. This is normal in the Christian life, and these are emotions I must not deny. Sorrow and pain must be permitted to do their work. They – deepen our …

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Love in Deed

Scene 1. This morning, Tara stands relatively paralyzed over a mound of clothes, toiletries, camping gear, and lists upon lists. Fred leaves for work. Anxiety starts to rise and paralysis remains. Scene 2. Auntie Dianne calls and says, “I have some unexpected free time. May I take the girls to the park so that you can be uninterrupted as you …

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Death and Dying

Last week, Sophia asked me if it hurt to die. I told her that to the best of my understanding, sometimes it did and sometimes it didn’t. For example, our friend died recently in a head-on collision with a semi-truck. I believe that one moment Kirk was alive and the next moment, he was in glory. His injuries were so …

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Frank and Open Discussions About S*X

Just as we did last summer, a woman in our church and I have held Sunday morning “discussion times” with some of the teen and young adult women in our church. We actually wrote an article for our denomination about our classes last year: Let Me Be A Woman If you click through, you’ll learn that Amy did an amazing job …

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