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How to Know When to Leave

Sometimes you have to walk away. That’s a painful truth in ministry. Sometimes you’ve worked so long, fought so hard, influenced to the extent of your capabilities, and had all the difficult conversations that are necessary and there’s no sight of growth or change on the horizon. It could be an unchangeable systemic problem, nearsighted …

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Back in the Saddle, Part 2

I recently wrote about the journey our family has taken over the last 12 months. Now that I’m back in the saddle, I want to share the lessons God has been teaching me in the process. 1. God never changes. It doesn’t matter what craziness is going on in the world—and there is so much of it—he …

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Back in the Saddle

If you would have asked me a year ago what I thought would happen in 2014, I guarantee I couldn’t have guessed. It’s been a wild ride. In the spring, a long chapter in ministry came to a close. We settled into a new church and a new chapter in the corporate world began almost immediately. We had …

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Responding to Change, Part 2

Several weeks ago, I wrote about a major change I was preparing to experience. I was leaving the familiar (i.e., safe, predictable, stable, comfortable) for the unknown (i.e., scary, unpredictable, uncertain, uncomfortable). At that time, I observed: “In my mind, there are two main postures I can choose to embrace toward change. I can be …

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When The Well Runs Dry

What do you do when the well runs dry? Back in the day—long before my day—if your well ran dry, you were in trouble. Your survival was threatened. While most of us are blessed to have indoor plumbing that pipes in fresh water from the city’s supply, that wasn’t always the case. Even though we’re …

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