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4 IRONIC CHARACTERISTICS OF THE COURAGEOUS

Courageous people share one common quality - they don't describe themselves as courageous. They talk about being afraid and scared. Some explain that they were "just doing their duty." Soldiers awarded the highest honors of bravery tell of simply trying to "protect their buddies." Courage has an irony about it. (more…)
Bob Jones
October 29, 2019
Life FormationLife Stories

THE GIRL BEHIND THE RED ROPE

If you are familiar with M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village you will feel right at home reading The Girl Behind The Red Rope. Two Dekkers –Ted and Rachelle, father and daughter – teamed up to craft a modern parable of The Girl Behind the Red Rope. (more…)
Bob Jones
October 27, 2019
Life Formation

PASTORS DON’T INDULGE IN HYPOTHETICALS: PETERSON

Over the last three decades, no one has done more to shape my pastoral imagination than Eugene Peterson. As readers of Peterson’s The Message translation of Scripture know, he had a love affair with well-chosen words. A year before his death on October 22, 2018 he discovered how inflammatory a single word could be. (more…)
Bob Jones
October 17, 2019
Life Formation

WELCOME: 17 WAYS FOR LOVE TO BE SEEN

She felt a nervous excitement signing up for the church women’s retreat. It wasn’t easy to do, but she reasoned that spending a weekend with other Christian women would allow her to meet friends and be welcomed into the life of her new church. (more…)
Bob Jones
October 12, 2019
Life Formation

THE CASSEROLE RULES: DEATH AND DIVORCE

Unless you air your laundry, divorce in the church is as isolating as a child’s temper tantrum during the Sunday morning service. When my husband of 27 years suddenly and unexpectedly left, it was weeks before my large-church-pastors noticed I was missing from Sunday morning services.  And even weeks more before someone called to check in. (more…)
Bob Jones
September 29, 2019