Why Environmental Stewardship Matters (part 1)

Why Environmental Stewardship Matters (part 1)

...Rather, I expected to find a message about a God that cared exclusively about spiritual matters, and that environmental stewardship was fine, but ultimately not very important.

I was wrong. As I opened up the scriptures, I encountered a God who is the creator, sustainer, and redeemer of the whole world—a God deeply concerned with the spiritual, social, and physical aspects of life.

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Reflections on a Pilgrimage

Reflections on a Pilgrimage

We got licensed for foster care several months ago on a Monday. On Tuesday afternoon the state workers stood at our front door with our first placement, an 11-month-old Native American boy.

When our sweet and rambunctious little man showed up at our door, I realized two things very quickly. First, I realized how quickly your heart can attach to a kid....Second, I realized that I didn’t know anything at all about Native culture...

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The Table

The Table

A stranger is asking you a question. You missed it the first time so she patiently repeats herself, “your table is all set, are you and your party ready to be seated?” You look around at your 12 closest girls, all here to celebrate the relationships and love you’ve shared, and anticipate the commitment you are making in just a short week’s time. Her question, “are you ready…” feels so much bigger.

 

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God the Great Janitor?

God the Great Janitor?

Many who reflect on issues related to faith and work have become accustomed to describing God as a worker. We say that he’s the Great Architect who designed the world, the Great Artist who carefully crafted each leaf, and the Great Physician who heals our wounds. How often, though, have you heard him described as the Great Janitor?

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Dysfunctional Family Dinners

Dysfunctional Family Dinners

...On a surface level, there is little this family has in common and many are difficult to be around. Some are manipulative and others hide behind their good deeds. Some are recovering from addictions or past abuse while others have been the cause of great pain in the lives of others. Many are critical, only some do most of the work, and others garner our admiration and respect regardless of what their private, hidden demons actually are...

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February 2016 Surge Lunch - Dr. Curt Thompson

What if you had a better understanding of how the human brain works?  How could that aid your pastoral ministry?

Christian leaders are responsible to shepherd, admonish, and encourage the people God has placed around them. From pastoral counseling, to creating and forming teams, to basic everyday discipleship, understanding how God designed the human brain to function is important for leaders seeking to care holistically for the people God has called them to serve.

Listen to the audio recording of February's Surge Lunch to hear Dr. Thompson explore the design of the human brain and discuss the role human relationship and community plays in helping believers to have a renewed and transformed mind.

About our Speaker:

Curt Thompson, M.D., is a psychiatrist in private practice in Falls Church, Virginia and founder of Being Known, which develops teaching programs, seminars and resource materials to help people explore the connection between interpersonal neurobiology and Christian spirituality which lead to genuine change and transformation.  

Dr. Thompson is the author of Anatomy of the Soul which demonstrates how insights from interpersonal neurobiology resonate with biblical truths about God and creation—validating the deep human need for meaningful relationships as a key to a life of hope and fulfillment.