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Monthly Archive for: ‘January, 2013’

Some pastors are overly concerned about their critics.

Dave has a great article over at our RedeemingChurchConflicts blog. Here is just a snippet to hopefully tempt you to click through and read it all: “Pastors, just like the rest of us, want to be liked. They desire meaningful friendships and frequently go out of their way to demonstrate hospitality to church members. They also want the admiration of …

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Win FREE Peacemaking Materials! (No risk of SPAM!)

In honor of Peacemaker Ministries posting my first keynote speaker guest blog post today: What Does Peacemaking Look Like When Your Mother is a Mentally Ill Addict? Our family would like to give away some FREE biblical peacemaking materials: The Peacemaking Church Women’s Study: Living the Gospel in Relationships (video series) Redeeming Church Conflicts (book) Peacemaking Women (book) Audio CD of 20+ .mp3 …

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Air Travel and (Not) Sufffering and (James 4) Monster Wants

I was so blessed to spend time this weekend with the women of The Church of the Good Shepherd in the beautiful city of Durham, North Carolina. The fellowship was sweet; their faith was such an encouragement to me; and the event host (S.L.) was absolutely THE most unflappable event host I have ever had the privilege of working with. …

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“Why would you ever do that?” — The Real Source and Strength of Lasting Compassion

I just learned that my handouts are due soon for the PCA’s upcoming women’s leadership conference: PCA Women’s Ministry Leadership Training Conference: Leading with Compassion–Called to Serve, Equipped to Lead I would appreciate your prayers as I work to finalize my content. The title for my plenary session is: “Why would you ever do that?” — The Real Source and Strength …

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How to Preserve Your Pastor (Part 1)

I always appreciate Cap’n Dave’s careful analysis and writing. Today’s post is no exception: How to Preserve Your Pastor (Part 1) — Lack of Practical Training for Local Church Ministry: The Problem of Misguided and Misstated Expectations (And as a sweet aside—I love that his title barely fits one tweet. And that this is part 1 of 7 in the series. No …

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May His shed blood make me more …

(Georgianne’s beautiful photo from her beautiful blog. If you’re not reading Georgianne? Well. I really don’t know why.) (Thank you, Anne.)

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Marring the Landscape with the Grand-Scale Deceit of a Marital Affair

I very much appreciated Challies‘ link to this sobering, but extremely well-written, honest article on the allure and devastation of marital unfaithfulness: A Roomful of Yearning and Regret (And from the New York Times, too! I was quite surprised.) The author speaks from her own experience of having cheated on her husband and having been cheated on by her husband. She has many beautifully …

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An Inner Discipline By Which You Drain Yourself of Any Ill-Will Toward That Person

It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Have you watched the speech with your kiddos yet? (Careful, as always, to NEVER scroll down into the comments on YouTube. Talk about depravity and the opposite of the video. Blech!!) I won’t go into my whole (annual) list of things you may want to consider as you talk with your children about evil (especially …

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Miserable Christian Marriages (And The Church)

Longtime readers of this blog know that I share relatively openly about real-life struggles in my marriage, parenting … really in just life itself. But only people who have been reading for 8+ years know that back in 2005, Fred and I faced a particularly dark time in our friendship and marriage. It was terrible. We both felt quite hopeless …

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Can you, right now, name your ordained leaders? (The ones who will give an account for your soul.) Can your children?

I’m really big on knowing the names of my church leaders (and training my children to do the same). My thinking is, if we don’t even know their names, how likely is it that we are: – Praying for them regularly? – Thanking them and encouraging them for preaching the Word to us, administering the sacraments to us, leading us, …

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