Tag Archives: formation

Is It Too Late to Turn Back? Reflections on the Difficulties of Change

I’ve recently entered a season that I might describe as a wilderness of sorts. My husband and I just moved to Boston, Massachusetts, nearly two thousand miles away from Abilene, Texas, the place that we have called home for the past five years. With a change of scenery, a change in culture, and…

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From Itchy Dresses to Funeral Homes: Growing up with Easter

I have incredibly vivid memories of Easter from when I was a kid. My church didn’t observe Holy Week in the traditional or liturgical sense—it was all pretty much about Easter. Building up to Easter, I recall my mother busily tending to her many responsibilities. There was Easter service, of course, for which…

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Soul Care in the Wilderness: A Preacher’s Journey

When you’re ready to abandon ship There was a time I was ready to throw in the towel in ministry and with churches altogether. My frustrations with churches had grown to a dangerous level and were ready to implode in my weary soul. The voices of failure and inadequacy had taken over my…

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Healthy Responses for Church Leaders: Preserving (not Creating) Unity and the Bond of Peace

This is part 5 of an ongoing series. Find the rest of the series here. — Healthy Response #5: Focus on INTEGRITY not unity Churches of Christ began as part of a movement emphasizing Christian unity. The sad irony of this is, of course, that there are a number of factions within Churches of…

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