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September 2009

 

Editorial: Look for the blessings

When we are facing challenges, we must look for blessings, for if we don't, those challenges will overtake us.

 

Forgiveness: A part of the journey to healing

A practical discussion on the why, when, and how of letting go of a painful past.

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The strength of the covenant

The beauty of God's contract with humans lies in its inclusive nature, its acceptance of all people.

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A closer look at Christian leadership coaching

Mentoring is a process that ministers need throughout their lifetimes, and is also something they can provide to others who have also been serving for many years.

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Ten things to be learned in pastoral ministry

Twenty-five years of ministerial experience condensed into ten statements worth remembering.

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Pastoral care of veterans and their families

With the increase of military activity worldwide comes an increase in the need to minister to veterans. What are their needs? And how can ministers address them?

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Evangelism's big picture: From baptism to discipleship

Any approach to evangelism that focuses primarily on the number of people baptized misses the mark.

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Covered with blood: A better understanding of Exodus 12:7

Egyptian archaeology provides a clear understanding of the events surrounding the Israelite slaves' final night in Egypt-one that delivers a powerful lesson about salvation by faith alone. Have you ever wondered why God asked the children of Israel to paint blood on the lintel and two doorposts of the door to their houses prior to the tenth plague (Exod. 12:7)? Sure, you answer, it was to serve as a sign for the angel of death to pass over their houses (Exod. 12:13). That's true. But why the doorposts? Since no one is kept out of a dwelling by doorposts, why not paint something like a big cross on the door itself? Egyptian archaeology provides an answer; one that can teach us a powerful lesson about salvation by faith alone.

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Book Review: From Midterms to Ministry: Practical Theologians on Pastoral Beginnings

An assembly of two dozen pastors offer short chapters on their personal perspectives of transitioning from Seminary to ministry.

 

Book Review: Life Is Mostly Edges: A Memoir

If you've ever wondered why you're a pastor, you will enjoy reading Calvin Miller's Life is Mostly Edges: A Memoir.

 

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