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Family Holidays with Drunks, Addicts, and People Who Do Not Like You

It wasn’t until God saved me as a teenager and I began to be invited into people’s homes and holiday celebrations that I learned first-hand that sometimes, families really liked to gather with one another at the holidays and that sometimes, decorations were lovely; music was redemptive; and food was delicious. (I had read about such things in books as a child, but …

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Forgiveness is at the Heart of Every Redemptive Encounter in the Church

Thanks, Dave! I needed this today. (From our Redeeming Church Conflicts site …) Forgiveness is at the Heart of Every Redemptive Encounter in the Church by David V. Edling In prior posts we have noted the distinctions drawn by the Scriptures between the wisdom of this world and the wisdom that comes down from heaven. James 3:13 through 18 is …

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Paige Benton Brown Giveaways!

Apparently there are quite a few of you (like me!) who think that Paige Benton Brown is phenomenally gifted as a Bible teacher. (I know this because her name is constantly in my list of top-ten searches on this blog.) But have you found it hard to locate her resources online? I know I have. Therefore, as my little Christmas gift to us …

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Robin G & Kelly M are our Winners!

Congratulations, Robin & Kelly! RandomNumberGenerator picked you! Please send me your mailing addresses and I’ll have your books/resources in the mail to you ASAP. (If I hear from you tonight, I might be able to ship them tomorrow—otherwise it’ll have to be next week because Soph & I are heading out for her birthday trip on Wednesday.) Thanks, all! It was …

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Give a Gift to Your Pastor (or Keep it for Yourself)! Enter to Win $100 in FREE RESOURCES!

As you may already know, Peacemaker Ministries has moved to Colorado Springs. In the course of emptying out the old offices here in Billings, I came across some (wonderful!) resources that were going to be given away—so I asked if I could give them to YOU and Peacemakers said, “Sure!” So here is the first Barthel family giveaway for this holiday season …

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On Being Assaulted

If you have ever read my “Child Protection First / Abuse in the Church” posts, then you know that I have strong convictions about our duties to keep our children as safe as possible. Some of this is based on the sad reality of my childhood (“I Do Not Have One Childhood Memory Apart from P*rnography”). Some of this is based on the …

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Sin Scatters Thoughts of Consolation

“Sin takes away all sense of the privilege of our adoption; and if the soul begins to gather up thoughts of consolation, sin quickly scatters them.” John Owen, The Mortification of Sin  

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Should we strive for “boundaries”?

This week I have been completing some research for a current project and I came across these old notes of mine. I thought they might bless one or two of you as well, so here you go: TKB Notes from Ed Welch’s (excellent!) article on ‘Boundaries’ in the Spring 2004 Journal of Biblical Counseling  – Overcommitted people are the lifeblood of the …

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Because you’re better with words, you’re going to win this argument—but that doesn’t make you right.

The teacher wasn’t talking to me or even about me (in this specific situation), but he was so talking about me when he described a recent fight he had with his wife: “Tempers were raging. She was hurt. I was hurt. She started to slip down The Slippery Slope to her comfort zone—the Escape responses. I started to SLAM down The Slippery Slope into my …

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Peacemaker Conference Plenary #3 LiveBlog – Pastor Brady Boyd: Lessons Learned

Live Blog Peacemaker Conference Plenary #3 LiveBlog – Pastor Brady Boyd: Lessons Learned (To access all of the 2014 Peacemaker Conference LiveBlogs, click here.)

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