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Soulitude: Facing the Monsters of Leadership

October is here. And with it movies where every character’s choices are questioned and grown adults scream at screens for someone “Not to go in there!” or “Don’t split up, dummies!” Interestingly enough, one of the most common themes of the horror genre is what’s called the “sneaky departure.” In this oft-used trope…

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The Loneliest Number

“One is the loneliest One is the loneliest One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do It’s just no good anymore since you went away” These familiar words are from one of Three Dog Night’s hit songs, appropriately named “One.” But they could just as easily summarize the prophet Jeremiah’s lament to…

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Fishermen as Disciples

Matthew 4:18-22 tells the story of Jesus calling Peter, Andrew, James, and John. It is a matter of some disagreement whether these fishermen were rich or poor. Some argue that their owning boats implies a level of wealth. Others argue that fishermen from Capernaum are not among the elite of Palestine. Whether they…

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Beautiful Churches Built on Sacred Ground

The beauty of small churches in West Texas inspires me to remember that the Sunday assembly is not about me. After arriving in Abilene in 1998, I was impressed by Bob Marcho’s ministry to small churches. He not only preached every Sunday at a congregation smaller than 25, he also coordinated student preachers…

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Preaching Through Pain: A Contemporary Christian Conversation

What happens when the preacher struggles with their own faith? In this interview with Randy Harris, Mike Cope speaks of finding ways to minister to others from an authentic place even when your heart is broken. He shares, in a frank and honest way, experiences from his personal journey of faith that have offered both…

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