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Video Post: How Can I Find My Identity without Comparing Myself to Others?

I’ve got another video post for you this week. Thanks to the reader who contacted me with the question behind this one. And here’s a link to the article I mention in the video: The Problem with Self-Esteem. Enjoy!

Q&A: How Do I Maintain Boundaries with Someone Who Has Mental Illness?

I receive a lot of inquiries from people asking for advice about living with mental illness, loving someone with a mental disorder, and doing ministry among people with mental illness and their families. I can’t offer the kind of advice and help a mental health professional can give, but I can point people in the […]

Guest Post: Loving through Listening

Please enjoy this post from my friend Brittani Morris (you can learn a little more about her at the end of this post). Brittani is a compassionate and nurturing counselor and coach who practices what she preaches in this post. She’s a great listener, and I encourage you to consider taking her tips to heart. […]

Have You Realized the Power of Being Known?

As a young student, I spent kindergarten through eighth grade in three different rural schools. These schools were tiny–one in particular, where I attended half a year and was the only third grader in the entire school (yes, I’m serious). I joined up with the first and second graders. Our classroom picture shows seven smiling […]

Why Young Leaders Need Mentors

You’ve got leadership gifts, and you’re in a position to use them. You’re educated, creative, savvy, and influential. You have everything you need for world-changing ministry, right? Not so fast. You need to slow down and get a mentor. Mentoring may feel like a recent fad, but it’s actually a very old concept. The word […]

One More Good Reason to Go to Church: All Those Annoying People

A lot has been said in recent years about the waning appeal of formally organized religion and its gatherings in our culture. We are nowhere near a nation of heathens, but an increasing percentage of people are giving up on religious affiliation and communal exercise, presumably because its demands (or other downsides) outweigh the benefits […]

5 Ways Your Life Needs Alignment

Got your ducks in a row? As you begin a new year, maybe it’s a good time to think about your alignment. How well do your sense of purpose and values match the way you live each day and the values represented in the key relationships in your life? A lot of people go through […]

Check Out My Television Debut!

Well, they say the camera adds 10 pounds, and today I’m choosing to believe it. But that’s my problem, not yours. I always thought my television debut would come as the mysterious and beautiful woman on a soap opera, dazzling in her glamour and inspiring admiration with her winning ways. Instead, surprisingly, it came as […]

Worried Parents, Let Go

I sat in the back pew, waiting for the end of a sermon I wasn’t expecting much from. I had heard this basic message before, and I had read those words from the prophet Isaiah countless times. Besides, I had enough on my mind to keep me from listening closely. We’d been caught by the […]

Is Your Impact Incidental or Intentional?

Until my teenage years, I lived primarily in rural communities, where my dad was a pastor in small country churches. These were sparsely populated areas by urban and suburban standards, with the closest neighbors usually living 1/2 to 1 mile apart. But there was no question these places were communities, much more so than any […]

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