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How Can I Help Lead a Multi-Ethnic Community?

This week, we continue our series Ask Mission Central, where we tackle real questions on spiritual life from emerging Christian leaders. Subscribe to get the next post in your inbox! Ask Mission Central: Question Three “As someone who is white, how can I effectively lead a multi-ethnic community with humility

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What’s Bothering Me?

This week, we continue our series Ask Mission Central, where we tackle real questions on spiritual life from emerging Christian leaders. Subscribe to get the next post in your inbox! Ask Mission Central: Question Three “Sometimes I feel like something just isn’t sitting right with me, but I can’t identify

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How Can I Lead With Humility?

This week, we continue our series Ask Mission Central, where we tackle real questions on spiritual life from emerging Christian leaders. Subscribe to get the next post in your inbox! Ask Mission Central: Question Two “How do I remain humble when I feel I’ve been gifted to lead a project?”

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What is Spiritual Formation?

As we begin a new year, we’re also launching a new blog series called Ask Mission Central. The series will feature real-life questions from emerging Christian leaders about spiritual life and leadership. You can count on finding answers that are thoughtful, practical, and fun. This series will run in parallel

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Four Ways to Get Spiritually Unstuck (And One Way Not To)

The first winter after I got my driver’s license, blizzards pummeled Chicago. Temperatures stayed below freezing from Christmas day until the beginning of March. It was bad even for us hardy Midwesterners, with whiteout conditions coming up out of nowhere. On a bright morning with about four inches of snow,

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Your Future Self is Counting on You

Advice for the ambitious: Dress for the job you want, not the job you have. It may or may not be good advice. My favorite misapplication comes in meme form: But the cliche carries an important truth: It pays to prepare for your own future. Human beings are routinely bad

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True Power

When I was a child, I was amazed at how amazed grownups were at how fast I grew. “How did you get so big?” is one of those questions that gets old fast. But now that I am a grownup, it’s my turn to be amazed how fast kids grow.

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Kindling For the Fire

Fire, for all its power, starts out fragile. When the kindling is gathered and the embers start to appear, they curl around the edges of the twigs, teasing their way into some small purchase on life. A single flame crawls along a sturdy branch, waving like a flag. A bit

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This is Serious. Don’t Be Afraid.

Today was the day it hit home for me. This is serious. It was in an afternoon meeting with my staff team (via Zoom, of course), and my supervisor updated me on the Surgeon General’s recent warning: “This week, it’s going to get bad.” Last week, things were disorienting. I was suddenly

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Wrestling with Wrath

“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.” — Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

God is a jerk, according to

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