Taking Steps of Faith

So You Want to See God Work? Focus on Someone Different

I’m a black pastor leading a majority white church. This isn’t common. Trust me, I know. I’ve been looking for people in my situation now for years and the list is very small. People in my congregation are often surprised to hear about my negative experiences with authorities. I’ve been followed in certain stores, been …

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How will your gift communicate a growing friendship?

December is a season of giving as gifts are exchanged at gatherings in homes like mine and probably yours. But the big kickoff — Black Friday — has become a tradition side by side with Thanksgiving and Christmas. Refreshingly, we met a woman who uses Black Friday to purchase poinsettias which she delivers all through …

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When Loving My Neighbors Means Doing Things With Them Instead of Just for Them

I’ll never forget the day my husband shared a simple idea with me. It’s an idea that changed the way I thought about taking steps of faith with the people in my life. “What if you stopped doing things for people and did things with people?” he asked. That single question revolutionized what loving my …

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How To Share Your Faith This Thanksgiving

Would you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert? Sometimes when we hear about outreach or steps of faith or missional living, we can be tempted to think this is something for the outgoing people of the world who thrive on time with other people. But Jesus’ instruction to “love your neighbor” isn’t just for …

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