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This is Why I Paint

I am a third generation painter. My father is a painter, as was his mother before him. Painting has always played an important role in my life. My training in art came along side life training. I remember learning about points of perspective, and proportions of the human body, just as I remember learning to ride my bike and dancing ballet.

Carrie BeacheyCarrie Beachey

The Velveteen Leader

Would I go back to my first day as a pastor? I was pondering this the other day. After much thought, I concluded, Absolutely not. I wouldn’t go back if I could. I have learned a lot. The scars have taught me to walk closer with Jesus. I’ve seen enough of my weaknesses to not be surprised by them anymore.

Alan BriggsAlan Briggs

Braveheart!

Jesus taught that being trustworthy in the small things leads to greater trust with the big things (Matt. 25:21). The movie Braveheart, about Scot highlander William Wallace, illustrated this value of faithfulness in the small things.

Jess MacCallumJess MacCallum

How Did I Know She Was “The One”?

The question persists strongly for those of us raised in evangelical America, where we are taught to seek God’s will for our lives in every area, especially the big decisions. So when I was head over heels in love with Anne (being a good Evangelical) I wrestled with whether or not she was “the One” God had chosen for me.

Jess MacCallumJess MacCallum

Epiphanies in Marriage

I had an eight-year head start since I was counting the quality of our marriage from the first day we met, which she didn’t even remember. Apparently, buried somewhere in my psyche, was the expectation that she hadn’t caught up yet. No wonder the poor woman couldn’t get a break.

Jess MacCallumJess MacCallum

Do You Need to Go Bananas?

Which kind of leader are you – a banana tree or a mango tree? There are those leaders who are like banana trees: everywhere they go, they replicate. They mentor others so that others can exercise their leadership abilities and their gifts, they open up conversations for others to join and give their opinion, and they are in the business of growing leaders. And there are leaders like the mango tree – they serve a great purpose, they are strong and persuasive, but emerging leaders don’t seem to grow as leaders under them.

Marilyn GardnerMarilyn Gardner

The Learning Organization

A river will curve with twists and turns in its path to the ocean seemingly without reason. Unlike a river, an organization should plan its curves and turns. Organizational theory tells you that the time for transition (or curving) is … always. Because if you wait until it starts to happen, you are too late. By the time you go through the transition, the organization might not recover from the decline. That is a problem. The challenge is to figure out what the next curve should be, and then the next, and that becomes successive generations of ideas or products or paradigms or forms of organizations.

Peter OchsPeter Ochs

Unlikely Leaders

In Revelation 3:8 God told the church at Philadelphia that He had set an open door before them even though they had “little power.” Many times God opens a door for leaders who doubt their leadership abilities. How could I be considered a leader or have anything to offer leaders? Julie had to do some rethinking about leadership and asks several important questions.

Julie SunneJulie Sunne

Love Purely

I met an older couple at the hospital when I was doing the hospital ministry. I wish I had their picture, but bringing a camera in to take pictures of patients is frowned upon! The husband happily told me that he and his bride had been married for 69 years. He teared up as he told me about his special lady. He still sounded so in love with her. I asked him what the secret was to such a long marriage. He immediately answered, “Love purely.”

Kris BridgmanKris Bridgman

You Are Not a Failure

A lighthouse stands firm when storm waves crash over treacherous rocks along the shoreline. It shines a light of encouragement over the dark waves toward wary seafarers. Christian leaders can feel tossed about in the storms of trials and troubles, and the truths Brittney shares can be the same beacon of encouraging light as a lighthouse on a dark night.

Brittney MosesBrittney Moses

Healing Hurting Hearts

God gave us bodies that heal amazingly, given time and proper treatment. However, hearts and souls may not heal so well apart from tender mercies, kindness, bearing with one another, and forgiving one another. Gina discusses the necessity of the servant-leader’s attribute of healing.

Gina BurgessGina Burgess

Transforming Theological Education

It is not a question of which way the wind blows. Theological education must be reconceived again and again in order for it to remain relevant and on the cutting edge. There are no magical solutions or formulas that give us the answers, but some pointers to spur the discussion are suggested here. Paul Cornelius argues for a reinvention that demands changes in how curriculum is viewed and developed.

Paul CorneliusPaul Cornelius