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  • PresbyHonest

    Published July 28, 2015

     

    Crying my way through my first year of ministry
    It sounds obvious, but few talk about it without the noble veneer of self-sacrifice: ministry is hard.

    by Layton E. Williams

    On August 1st, I will celebrate my one-year anniversary of working in ministry. When people ask how my first year went, I tell them, “This is the year I learned to cry in public.” Depending on how honest I’m feeling, sometimes I laugh and turn it into a joke before things get too awkward. Other times I let it stand, because, frankly, it’s the truth.

    I have always ...

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    From Reimagining the church

  • Do not undermine efforts to combat human trafficking

    Published July 27, 2015

    Do not undermine efforts to combat human trafficking

    By Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson

    “I was locked up in a cage like the goats and chickens, and all the time, I was surrounded by death. Each day, five or six of us would die, either from illness or were beaten up and shot." These horrifying words come from a Rohingya man from Burma, who became a victim of human trafficking and fortunately managed to escape one of the 28 migrant camps recently uncovered in Wang Kelian, Malaysia.

    The conditions in the camps described by survivors and recent evidence of 139 ...

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    From Reconciliation

  • TLC: Think Like a Christian

    Published July 27, 2015

     

    Lessons in adoption
    How pet ownership is good training in discipleship

    by Jeffrey A. Schooley

    We Christians sometimes forget something: we are adopted. All of us. We have been redeemed and adopted by God through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Yes, yes, you say, but what does that mean?

    This is precisely where pet adoption comes in.

    According to the Humane Society, “In 2012, 62 percent of American households included at least one pet.” This means that pet ownership is the primary way most of us will come to understand adoption.

    These reflections come—in part—from the wonderful ...

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    From Reimagining the church

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