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―Alexander McCall Smith

 

Want to Live Boldly? Get a Coach

A year and a half ago, Shannon Miller was feeling trapped in her teaching career. “I was unfulfilled, but I didn’t feel like I had a lot of other options for what I could do.” She was also noticing that she often found herself in situations that called for her to lead others—but she had […]

Your Disaster Zone Is God’s Construction Zone

Last year my family visited the National September 11 Memorial in New York City. It’s a solemn work of art, bringing life and a bit of peace to a place of death and destruction. As my family and I paused there, I found myself grateful that the project’s architects had not covered over the places […]

Video Post: Mental Illness—Churches Are Responding

I write and talk a lot about what we need to do to respond to the needs of people with mental illness. I frequently point out what churches can start doing or do better. But some churches and ministry organizations are doing good work here, or hosting catalytic conversations. So I wanted to take a […]

Think Beauty and Artistry Aren’t Important? Think Again.

“It doesn’t matter.” I feel troubled whenever I hear a fellow Christian say something like this about beauty, creativity, or quality. I’ll admit a good portion of my distress comes from the clash it presents with my personal values: each of these words appears high on the list of what matters to me. And if […]

Q&A: Isn’t It Selfish to Pursue What I Want in Life?

I receive a lot of inquiries from people asking for advice about living with mental illness, loving someone with a mental disorder, and doing ministry among people with mental illness and their families. Occasionally I share some of these interactions here, for the benefit of others who may have similar questions. But those aren’t the […]

Remember, Mental Illness Doesn’t Tell the Full Story

In the history of this world, no one has told more lies than the father of lies himself. But mental illness plays a close second. Earlier this week, Irish singer Sinead O’Connor posted a video on Facebook, claiming she was alone in a hotel room in New Jersey, she was without support, and everyone she […]

Guest Post: Can We Train up a Child not to Ditch Church?

Here’s another post from my friend Janelle Alberts (you can read more about her and her work at the end of this post). Janelle is a writer who equips Christian parents to raise their kids with faithful confidence. I hope you’ll enjoy reading her tips on keeping kids engaged with the church.   We’ve all […]

How to Be a Culturally Relevant Church

As someone who’s been in and around churches for my whole life, I have seen more than a few church fads come and go. I’ve seen four generations wield influence and felt the seismic shifts each time the concerns of a new generation become paramount. But some things don’t change all that much. And in […]

Blessed Are the Unsatisfied (A Sneak Peek at My New Book)

Recorded in Matthew 5-7 is the most famous of Jesus’ sermons, known as the Sermon on the Mount because, according to Matthew 5:1, it was delivered on a mountainside. I think we should consider giving it a more auspicious title, such as The Bombshell Sermon, The Upside-Down Sermon, or The Sermon That Ruined Religion. After […]

16 Resources for Mental Health Ministry

If you’re in ministry, people come to you with all sorts of needs and concerns. We know you’re no superhero, as much as you might want to fix all that troubles the folks in your care. Sometimes you don’t even have answers. But most of time you know there’s something you can offer: a prayer, […]

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