Let Dry Bones Live: Some Reflections on Reviving the Congregation

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Reviving the Congregation: Pastoral Leadership in a Changing Context, by Michael W. Foss, is the kind of book that should be read by every seminary student on a pastoral ministry track or lay leader/minister in a local congregation in need of some ministry training. It’s as much about maintaining and nurturing congregational vitality, health, and [Read More...]

Michael Yankoski: Three Ways to Embrace The Sacred This Year

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by Michael Yankoski Earth’s crammed with heaven And every common bush afire with God; But only those who see, take off their shoes. -Elizabeth Barrett Browning Being oblivious to the Sacred is endemic these days. Amidst our drive by, fly by, shop-till-you-drop frenzy of a world, most of us have conditioned our capacity for attentiveness, [Read More...]

Intimate Silence: Spirituality of Desert Preservation

Reflection by Jim Burklo Desert Stewardship Project event, 9/6/14, Joshua Tree National Monument A young Muslim woman student at the University of Southern California once told me that the reason she fasts at Ramadan is to manifest an essential human quality. Human beings, she said, are the only creatures that are able to restrain themselves [Read More...]


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