faith formation

Improvisation as a Core Leadership Skill

This Is Spinal Tap is the first of four films created by an improvisational acting company led by Christopher Guest. It’s a mock-documentary about a supposedly “iconic” hard-rock band that reunites for a one-time blowout performance. The film put Guest and his improv troupe (Eugene Levy, Fred Willard, Michael McKean, Catherine O’Hara, and Harry Shearer) on …

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4 Faith Practices for Spiritual Wellbeing

The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers dietary guidelines for living a healthy life—we call the structure of these guidelines the “Food Groups.” Well, what about “Spiritual Food Groups”? These four faith practices—caring conversation, devotions, service, and rituals/traditions—represent the basic ways we stay whole and healthy as followers of Jesus. They are ways to practice the …

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Use Abuse

I hear it all the time, in diverse contexts… “Use” is surely the preferred way we describe God’s posture toward us as we exercise our gifts in ministry… I’m guessing you’ve framed your own relationship with God in terms of “use” at least once in the last week—that’s how common and acceptable this way of …

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Fuel for Persevering in Ministry

In Luke’s Gospel Jesus tells the parable of the persistent widow—a woman who won’t stop bothering an uncaring, disbelieving judge until he grants her justice. Then Jesus tells His disciples that persistence is important—it’s a marker for faith. “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge,” says Jesus. “Even he rendered a just decision in the …

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