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Sunset on the Pacific Ocean & Birthday Joys with our Berkeley Barthels

Uncle Fred and Sophia closed out our evening by enjoying a stunning sunset. This is the view from our hotel room/private cabin:    Earlier in the day, Fred and the girls enjoyed lots and lots of waves and sand:         And yesterday, we all celebrated Ella’s third birthday with our California families:      We’re all exhausted but grateful! …

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What do pastors in conflicted churches need the most?

A classic! What do pastors in conflicted churches need the most?

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How to Find the Perfect Church

I love this article by my coauthor and friend, Dave Edling, and I thought I’d re-run it since I’m offline all week due to our family vacation: How to Find the Perfect Church

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Unconditionally and Unselfishly Committed to One Another

From Tim Keller’s post, Living Stones—Intense Community: “… The Bible tells us we were built for covenantal relationships. We want and need to have other persons unconditionally, unselfishly committed to us, and we to them. Christian theology tells us we were made in the image of God, and that God is a Trinity. Jesus said he never did anything, said …

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Golden Gate Bridge & Berkeley Barthels & Date Night with the Freds

We started our day with a fun (and foggy) trip to The Golden Gate Bridge:    Then we headed on over to Berkeley, where one of my beautiful sisters in law, RecipeMuse Penny, and her family (Fred’s third oldest brother, John, and my absolute favorite middlest niece, Lucy, and favorite oldest nephew, Calvin) took Sophia and Ella for the night:    …

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Enemies Perfectly Disguised — Wolves in Sheep Clothing

When I popped over to Amazon to pre-order Gloria Furman and Dr. Kathleen Nielson’s latest book: Word-Filled Women’s Ministry It reminded me of one of my favorite articles by Dr. Nielson: Never Retreat! Challies pointed to it a few years ago and I’m glad he did. I love everything I’ve ever read by Kathleen Nielson—she communicates her love for literature and …

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I can move forward in love for others and not be so devastated by others’ (de)valuation of me because of Christ.

I take absolutely no pleasure in the suffering of my friends—so I was brought to my knees this past week when I learned how deeply and terribly my dearest sister in Christ was being hurt, not by unbelievers, but by Christians. Christians in her own church. Her own church leaders for whom she has faithfully prayed and submitted to (with …

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The Five Marks of Authentic Leadership

What a great reminder from Michael Hyatt! The Five Marks of Authentic Leadership  

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How Do You Respond When You Have Been “Put on the Shelf”?

I am slowly working through D.A. Carson’s, “For the Love of God,” and today’s reading (like most of the other ones!) is worthy of reflection: “THE STORY IS TOLD of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, one of the most influential preachers of the twentieth century. When he was dying of cancer, one of his friends and former associates asked him, in effect, …

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To be known and not loved is our greatest fear …

The above quote captures the essence of my day of tears. (The salt is burning my eyeballs so harshly now, that I feel quite sure that I need to find a way to stop crying, not only for my emotional health but my physical health too.) And so I will end my day with one of my all-time favorite Tim …

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