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Obedience Over Excellence

I confess that I struggle with perfectionism.  It seems that even despite my best intentions to the contrary, I so often set up this image in my mind of what excellence looks like, and then I beat myself up as I struggle to attain it…or descend into shame as I inevitably fall short.  As a teacher of gifted youngsters, I see this happen over and over in our culture today.  This idolatry of self as we...

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The First Christian Refugees: A Christmas Story

“At Christmas we like to focus on the miraculous birth, a beautiful baby, the royal visitors, a bright, guiding star and rich, elaborate gifts…But we often overlook the other side of the story –  the dark side that doesn’t come with a pretty bow. One of a jealous dictator, death threats and a ‘massacre of innocents’ (Matthew 2:16).  One that sends a young couple and their small child fleeing for their lives.*…” 

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Serving Jesus in the Arctic

I had the chance to catch up with my friend and seminary colleague Rebecca Osborn. She and her husband, Jared, are priests serving the Lord in Iqaluit, Canada. I first learned of Rebecca’s call to Iqaluit and the Inuit people when I saw a picture of her and her two, super cute preschool aged children in full snow suits in the middle of what looked like (at least to a Floridian) a terrible blizzard. I thought to myself, wow, she is freezing her butt off for Jesus. 

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StoriesVictoria Hassell
What is your mission in life?

“I have a question for you: What is your mission in life? The answer to that question may come quickly to your mind or the question itself may stop you in your tracks. Your answer may be multifaceted, even complicated, or the question may cause you to realize that you have never really given it much thought or prayer…”

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Better Together: Reaching out to Refugees in Pittsburgh

“We visited a local church the next Sunday together with her sister-in-law and their nine kids in tow (walking to church ended up being a hilarious type of extreme sport - I neglected to look at the topography of the area and pushing the prams up the very steep streets of north Pittsburgh was a challenge!)…”

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Are We Ready for God to Surprise Us?

“I really enjoy mysteries. There’s something fascinating in knowing there’s something you don’t quite know, but also being aware that down the road there will be a big reveal and all those pieces of narrative that didn’t fit together logically will, in the end, form a beautiful—and maybe tremendous—mosaic…”

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Better Together: The Theme of the 2019 New Wineskins Conference

“The theme Better Together for the next September 26-29, 2019 is straight from the heart of God. He wants us focused on building His Kingdom, spreading the Gospel to those who haven’t heard, and strengthening our witness by working together in mission. We need each other in this task of reaching our world!”

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