Tag Archives: wilderness

The Path to Church Renewal Leads through the Desert

In the past, I’ve written and spoken about church renewal from a hopeful and theoretical perspective. I can now begin to speak of it from experience. May God be glorified! But here’s a warning: it’s been tough. Across the country, aging churches such as mine in Central California face difficult choices. Some still…

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Confessions from the Wilderness

I recently made a fairly public confession about my personal life: I struggle with depression. And while “confession” is definitely not the right word to use for this scenario, I maintain that it feels right simply because I feel guilty for being depressed. I feel called to inspire hope and joy in my…

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The Missing Christian Leader

That the modern world is filled with spiritual sickness is no surprise. Despite our increasing mastery over nature through medicine, technology, and science, the battle within still rages on. Depression is on the rise, alienation the norm, and fear dominates everything from the 24-hour news cycle to what car we should drive if…

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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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Master, the Tempest is Raging!

Ever felt like you’re trapped in a tiny little boat and there’s a storm raging around you—or within you—that threatens to overwhelm you? The lightning flashes, the thunderclaps deafen, the rain beats down against your face so hard that you can’t see. And this storm won’t relent. It just keeps coming. On your…

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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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