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A Moment I’ll Never Forget

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A Moment I’ll Never Forget

For me, the moment occurred when I was in college serving as a summer missionary.

I had been on a traveling team helping young people be leaders in their own communities.

Upon arriving to one location, our host began to...

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It’s Hard to Pray When You’re Mad as Hell

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It’s Hard to Pray When You’re Mad as Hell

Anger is the emotion that is generally most apparent when we try to strike back at the curve balls of life.

It is the most difficult emotion to manage since it can be either a time bomb waiting to explode...

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How do I listen to others?

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How do I listen to others?

“How do I listen to others?

“As if everyone were my master speaking to me their cherished last words.” Hafiz

 

For those of us who offer spiritual companioning, coaching, therapy, or pastoral care, we spend a good bit of...

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Leadership 101

Dr. G. & Friends

Leadership 101

I enjoy those leadership books that revisit the basics.

While some books on leadership are better than others, I always find it helpful to be reminded of the fundamentals.

Whenever I’ve managed to get myself in trouble it’s because I’ve...

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Processing Grief Part 1: Through Sweat and Tears

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Processing Grief Part 1: Through Sweat and Tears

“I have malignant tumors of unknown origin…” read the text message below some beautiful photos and several other sentences from my best friend, who had just gotten back from taking her mom, whose health has been declining for the last...

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Ways to Ruin Your Child

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Ways to Ruin Your Child

Wait. Did that say “Ruin”? Yes, it did!

 

I first read 10 Best Parenting Ways to Ruin Your Child and its sequel 10 Best Parenting Ways to Ruin Your Teenager by Israel Galindo as a young minister, and I...

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Caring for Wounded Ministers

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Caring for Wounded Ministers

In November 1993, the Federal government mandated state employment commissions to provide a higher level of services to displaced workers whose profiles indicate they need additional assistance in their transition to new employment.

The services included workshops that train recipients...

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Why someone might not attend church

Dr. G. & Friends

Why someone might not attend church

I met up with some old friends who’d brought along some of their friends I appreciated meeting.

It didn’t take long to get to that awkward point in the conversation that follows the “What do you do for a living?”

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Intelligent People

Dr. G. & Friends

Intelligent People

I met a rare kind of person last week.

He was what I’ll describe as a genuinely intelligent person.

There are plenty of smart or knowledgeable people around, and given that I spend a lot of time around “academic types”...

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