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Are books at stake?

Along the Journey

Are books at stake?

Librarians typically love books. Like, LOVE loves them.

No surprise there.

There is usually some specific quirk in a librarian’s personality that makes them prone to this love, or its extreme cousin, bibliomania.

If you don’t have this quirk that’s...

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When is quitting okay?

Dr. G. & Friends

When is quitting okay?

Have you ever felt like quitting?

Did you ever find yourself in a job, a situation, a relationship, or a circumstance that became so difficult, impossible, untenable, unbearable, or just plain painful that you wanted to walk out?

Quitting is...

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Columbia Seminary Receives Second Thriving in Ministries Grant

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Columbia Seminary Receives Second Thriving in Ministries Grant

Columbia Theological Seminary has received a grant of $433,300 from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help the successful continuation of the seminary’s Pastoral Excellence Programs: Leadership in Ministry and Ministering to Ministers through its Center for Lifelong Learning.

Columbia Seminary’s Pastoral...

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Can you prevent sabotage?

Dr. G. & Friends

Can you prevent sabotage?

I once received a cryptic e-mail from a friend.

She’d been less than a year into a new church staff position.

In her e-mail she asked the question, “Can you stop sabotage?”

She didn’t go into details, but obviously, something...

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Spiritual formation: Trust, Support and Guidance

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Spiritual formation: Trust, Support and Guidance

The Center for Lifelong Learning offers two spirituality certificate programs in Spiritual Direction and Spiritual Formation.

According to the CLL’s new Associate Director of Spirituality Programs, Sharon Junn, Spiritual formation is a process through which our awareness of God’s presence...

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The 100% Myth

Dr. G. & Friends

The 100% Myth

You’ve seen it.

After taking a congregational vote to call a pastor the tally shows a majority vote in the affirmative, maybe 90%, or 98%, or maybe 87%.

The decision is made, the new pastor will be called.

 

But...

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Effective components in continuing education

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Effective components in continuing education

Engage in an array of continuing education courses and programs designed to address the daily challenges in ministry and professional settings. Whether you want to dig deeper into a familiar topic such as Christian education or learn something...

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Don’t question people’s motives

Dr. G. & Friends

Don’t question people’s motives

Years ago I read C. Ellis Nelson’s Don’t Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide ( New York: Paulist Press 1978).

At the time it was a counterintuitive challenge to a commonly held belief, that we should let our conscience be...

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Friendships in Faith

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Friendships in Faith

Much spiritual growth happens while we are alone: prayer, meditation, or perhaps nature walks appreciating God’s beauty.

In those times, free of distractions, we accept God’s love and presence deep in our souls.

We examine our hearts and perhaps discern...

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