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Free Online Training Event: "Helping Others Without Harming Yourself"

Date: 09.28.17 Time: 7:00 pm (central) –If you are seeking to do important work in the world, but feel overwhelmed by it, this is for you. –If you are challenged by anxiety and stress, and struggle to balance your service with the rest of your life, this is for you. –If you are wanting to deepen the impact that your life makes, but need help doing so in a way […]

Thomas Merton on loving others: loving Christ in them

One of the hardest things for us to do is to love. It’s hard sometimes as leaders to love the people we are leading, because we inevitably encounter struggles with them, backlash against our leadership, anxiety and vacillation, criticism, and so on. It’s hard for people in organizations to love their leaders, because they inevitably experience disappointment and disillusionment with us, because they come to see our weaknesses, character flaws, and the mistakes we […]

RENEW Retreat for Christian Leaders ... coming January 2017

What: Retreat experience for Christian leaders When: January 15-20, 2017 (you have access to the condo from Jan 14-21) Where: Arroyo Roble Restort, Sedona, AZ Cost: $800 early bird (includes retreat and condo reservation), spouse attends FREE We’re very excited to announce the first RENEW Retreat, which will be held in sunny Sedona, AZ! This is a retreat for pastors, church staff, and leaders in other Christian contexts. Led by Mark Brouwer […]

Wayne Teasdale on How Spirituality Makes us Counter-Cultural

One of my favorite books of late has been “The Mystic Heart,” written by the late Wayne Teasdale. Just to be clear, I don’t buy all of his assumptions and arguments in the book, but there is a lot of really helpful teaching in it about what mysticism is and how it shapes our lives. I wanted to share a couple quotes from the book about how the pursuit of […]

The Bible is a menu, not the food itself

I want to know God as a follower of Jesus. The Bible helps me do that. The Bible points me to the Source of spiritual life, but it is not the source. The Bible points me to the One who I worship, but it is not what I worship. I’ve recently come across two quotes that have helped me out by articulating this in helpful ways. Enjoy … In his book Integral […]

The way we approach crime, punishment, and prison is terrible

I’m getting ready to conduct a recovery workshop at a prison in Texas in February. Lately I’ve been reading up about the realities of incarceration in our country … and I am appalled. Right now more than one out of 100 Americans is behind bars. We imprison more of our people than any other country. A big part of the problem is our failed war on drugs, with mandatory sentencing […]

Overcoming Codependence

Many people struggle with their relationships. Our acting out kept us from nurturing many relationships, and damaged – or even destroyed – others. But there’s more to this story. It’s also possible that what brought us to addictive behaviors in the first place was that our relationships weren’t what they needed to be. We felt alienated from people. We felt insecure around people. Maybe we weren’t sure how to relate […]

Overcoming Emotional Hurt

When people have hurts and struggles in relationships, they tend to work on resolving them by focusing on forgiveness. There’s nothing wrong with forgiveness, but sometimes it’s hard to get there. Maybe we should be talking more about compassion instead. Let me explain. We all know that we’re supposed to forgive people who hurt us, but we get hung up on what it means and how to do it. We struggle […]

What leaders must do if they want to last

You don’t have to look very far to find scary stats and gloomy pronouncements about the health of church leaders today. In fact, just look at some of the articles on this site! I want to be honest about the concerns I have, which are based on my experiences working with pastors, and my own experience in ministry. But more than that, I want to offer solutions! Here are three […]

Stressed Out? Four questions to see if your life is in balance

It’s a good idea to pause every now and again to take your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual pulse. Recovery and long term health are built on the foundation of a life that is balanced and sane. Take a look at the questions below, and make the changes you need to make. Take a minute to reflect upon your previous week, and ask yourself: 1. Am I honoring my body? […]

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