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“There is room in history for all of us.”

―Alexander McCall Smith

 

Your Pain Comes with Possibilities

It seemed like a good idea at the time. They would borrow the camping gear collecting dust in the garage, and they would head to the mountains to enjoy a night under the stars. Two college buddies enjoying the great outdoors. Trevor, the young man who would later become my husband, grew up in Colorado. […]

Q&A: How Do We Ask for Help When Living with Mental Illness?

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. I can’t offer the kind of advice and help a mental health professional can give, but I can point people in the […]

Guest Post: 8 Keys to Helping Kids Stay Engaged and Work Hard

Of all the guest bloggers I’ve featured here, this one is my favorite. And it’s a good thing, too, because I’m married to him. But marriage to me (and being father to two teenagers) is not all Trevor does. He has nearly 25 years of experience in serving adolescents and their families as a youth […]

How Small Groups Can Help People Affected by Mental Illness

Most people don’t talk much about mental illness. And because of this silence, many of us have the misconception that mental illness is something rare, something that happens to unusual people at the margins of society. We couldn’t be more wrong. Every year in the United States, more than 20 percent of adults suffer from […]

Your Most Important Leadership Strategy

So you have a shelf full of leadership books, and you’ve read them all. You’re looking forward to the next leadership conference, where you will seek ideas, inspiration, and some networking opportunities. You’ve taken several assessments to understand both your strengths and your weaknesses. You’re open to feedback, you’ve learned to delegate to others, and […]

Stressed-Out Young People Need to Hear Your Stories

A few years ago, a study revealed the youngest generations of adults in America are also the most stressed. In one sense, this is no big surprise, given the economic and social factors influencing quality of life and near-future prospects for Millennials—adults ages 13 to 35—and for Gen Xers, whose scores are virtually tied with […]

Guest Post: Become a More Resilient Leader

I hope you’ll enjoy this post from my friend Amy Jackson (you can learn more about her and her work at the end of this post). Amy is an editor, a writer, and a leader of leaders. If you’re a woman in church leadership, you’ll want to check out WomenLeaders.com, one of the websites she […]

Can We Gain the Whole World Wide Web without Losing Our Souls?

A few years ago, we learned the people of Sweden were the “best” in the world at using the Internet. At least, that was the claim of a five-year study conducted by the World Wide Web Foundation. What does it mean to be “best” at using the Internet? It’s an interesting question in light of […]

The Good News about New Brain Disorders

So do you ever wonder if our fast-paced, hyper-connected, screen-loving, image-flooded society is taking a toll on us? It sure is, and not just in the most obvious ways like increasing stress, sleeplessness, and injuries like “gamer’s thumb.” The digital age is requiring our brains to make new and rapid adaptations, and some of these […]

Take Heart in a Global View of God’s Work

Chen Jing grew up in the suburbs of Beijing. Her parents were members of the Communist party, and she and her siblings were expected to go to college, pursue promising careers, and become successful members of Chinese society. Jing followed the plan, attending medical college and planning a career as a doctor. But then she […]

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