Growth

What’s bugging you?

“Notice when you are bugged.” That statement stopped me short as I was reading Gem and Alan Fadling’s book. “What Does Your Soul Love?” The things that bug me can form a low hum in my brain throughout a day. They can spoil—or threaten to spoil—the other lovely moments of the day. I took that […]

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Living ‘wide open’ to find love, liberation

My life’s experiences are like photographs—where dark and light, sun and shadow collide to create stories forever burned in my retina. When I first started playing with a Canon Rebel XT, one of the first models of consumer digital single lens reflex cameras (SLRs), I learned how the settings determine the amount of light that […]

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5 ways to use mindfulness during and after a crisis

Take a long, slow deep breath. Feel your feet on the ground. Focus on this moment—right here, right now. While the coronavirus pandemic has impacted each and every one of us across the nation—and around the world— these past few months, the thought of slowing down right when things are picking back up might seem […]

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Following God and finding the leader in you

God wants to use the power of your voice to answer the cry for authentic leadership Have you ever been in trials or battles so intense that you lost sight of who you were? Maybe you started to believe the things being said about you. Maybe you thought they were right about you. Perhaps you […]

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How to use a crisis for personal growth

The word crisis has probably taken on a whole new meaning for you in the last few months. The pandemic has affected each of us—worldwide—on so many levels. Not only is there the physical health aspect, but also the financial, mental, spiritual and emotional impact. This crisis has added the unfamiliar stressors of a pandemic […]

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Building momentum for a movement in the North American church

Before any history-making transition, a few common traits emerge. Right before most movements, the following almost always occur: People are afraid to ask out loud big, important questions. Polarization and a sense of nostalgia escalates. Disconnected grassroots experiments take place on the margins. Before the movement there are sustained moments when all feels lost, when […]

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Holding dual citizenship in the lands of normal and rare

Six weeks after giving birth to my second child, Petra, both of my girls lie face-up on the living room rug, gazing at me. The baby weighed eight pounds. The two-year-old, Fiona, weighed 16—almost half the size of typical kids her age. Already you could tell that the baby was destined for a different trajectory. […]

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The way up is down when following Jesus

When I was little, my dad, whom I love deeply, would get in the silliest of moods. He attempted to humor me and my siblings, and also express love, with his rendition of iconic country singer Willie Nelson’s song “Always on My Mind.” Mostly my dad humored himself. My sister Michelle and brothers Kenny and […]

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How the learning cycle helps us on the journey to wholeness

We will appreciate the value of remembering by first examining the danger of forgetting. Even a quick read of the Old Testament reveals a shocking memory loss for the Israelites. The following admonitions are framed in the context of warning and lament for having already forgotten: Be careful that you do not forget the Lord […]

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The disciplined pursuit of pausing in a world full of “Go”

The first task of embracing uncomfortable is the purposeful choice of stepping into the discomfort of saying no regardless of the consequence. There is little hope of achieving the remaining elements of radical transformation without the discipline of pausing. This needs to be our life strategy. When I pitched Embracing Uncomfortable to my publisher, I […]

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Officer moves: 10 tips for employees getting a new boss

Officers—or pastors—in The Salvation Army are generally moved to a new appointment every few years. And each year, many of these new appointments take effect in July.  The Western Territory’s Youth Department hosted Public Affairs and Communications Manager Kathy Lovin on its SAY Network Podcast to discuss how to navigate an officer or supervisor change […]

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How to better prepare for a new normal in the reopening

It’s safe to say that 2020 has been a rough year for the world. COVID-19 changed everything. Countless precious lives have been lost around the globe—with over 100,000 deaths in the U.S. alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control. So many people are losing their jobs, resulting in the country’s unemployment rate rising to […]

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