Mourning and Dancing in Ministry Life

(This post was originally published on the Baptist Convention of New England’s blog on November 7, 2019. You can find it here.)

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.

(Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4)

One thing very few people prioritize when preparing to enter the realm of full-time service is the necessity of emotional engagement. Many ministers consider solid theology and practical know-how the two mighty pillars on which a lifetime of shepherding can be built, but without a practical theology of suffering and celebration, a pastor (and his family) can easily crumble from the inside out. 

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How to Be (Spiritually) Single

He heaves a sigh and rolls his eyes—again—as you pray over dinner. The church doors open, and you step in alone. Hearing about how other couples read their Bibles together over coffee makes you tear up.

Spiritual singleness is a painful reality for many wives. Could God have a plan even for this? How might you use your situation for the best?

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