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Dec
15

5 Ways Pastors Can Outmaneuver Holiday Stress

Christmas Crisis

Want to see a volcanic eruption? No need to visit Hawaii, take a flight to Japan or pitch a tent near Mt. Saint Helens – just ask a pastor to do one more thing between  Thanksgiving and Christmas and then take a few steps back and enjoy the show. Truth is that some will respond…
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Dec
10

Remembering Dr. Earl Radmacher

Dr. Earl Radmacher

By Dr. Jim Sweeney When word came Tuesday morning that Earl Radmacher had passed from this life into the presence of Christ the day before, I felt that quick stab of pain/joy that is experienced uniquely in God’s family in such an instant. Two deep, conflicting emotions that rarely keep company. A dear, dear friend…
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Nov
20

5 More Lessons Learned from the Demise of Mars Hill Church

Leader at rally

Yesterday, I covered three lessons that ought to be learned by those paying attention to the saga of Mars Hill Church. What other lessons can be drawn from this amazing saga? What can be learned from the demise of MHCC? Leaders must be deeply involved in the pastoral life of the church, no matter how…
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Apr
15

The Most Frightening Part of Ministry

Hand reaching out

By Andy Flowers Counseling people. No doubt about it. No other aspect of pastoral ministry is as horrifying as counseling. Preaching is frightening at first, but it’s something that we get comfortable with quickly. We spend the bulk of our week on sermon prep. There are a million great books and conferences about forming and…
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Apr
14

Let’s Celebrate Passover!

Plates of Passover meal

Passover (Hebrew Pesach) is the most widely observed Jewish holiday. It commemorates and celebrates both God’s freeing of the Israelite slaves from Egypt and the beginning of the Nation of Israel (Exod. 12:14). Although originally one of the pilgrim feasts which required worshipers to travel to Jerusalem (Deut. 16:16), since the destruction of the Temple…
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