I did a double-take when I first read the title, The Radical Pursuit of Rest---isn't "pursuit" the opposite of "rest"? Author John Koessler definitely sparked my interest, and his subtitle added to the intrigue: Escaping the Productivity Trap. In his introduction, Koessler says that while his book contains practical suggestions on how we might pursue … Continue reading Enter to Win a Free Copy of The Radical Pursuit of Rest
I had been invited to lead a session on self-care for a group of ministry leaders, but my host repeatedly referred to it as a session on "soul-care." After all, the "soul" and "self" can both refer to our inner being, and in the Bible the same word may be translated as soul or inner … Continue reading 25 Self-care Ideas for the Soul: for students, ministry leaders, and everyone
Leonard Klassen serves as co-lead pastor of King Road Mennonite Brethren Church in Abbotsford, B.C. He has previously served as a youth pastor and associate at King Road, and is a husband and father of two sons in middle school. Leonard shares his love of photography on his personal blog, and dreams of writing more some day. For … Continue reading Love Each Other Deeply
Merry Christmas, and God's rich blessing for the coming new year to all of my dear readers! May the many glittering lights of this season remind you of Jesus, whose birth we celebrate at Christmas, the Light of the World today and every day. If you ever experience FOMO--the Fear Of Missing Out--today's article is … Continue reading The Best of 2017 From April Yamasaki
Yesterday we celebrated Palm Sunday as we do every year, with the children waving branches and everyone in the congregation singing, "Hosanna!" It's a way of re-telling Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem that's recorded in all four gospels. As the gospel of Mark puts it: When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their … Continue reading Journeying with Jesus Through Holy Week
One of the books at the top of my to-read list is Catherine McNiel's Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline, published by NavPress and officially launching this week. As part of Catherine's launch team, I had a sneak peak at her first chapter, and can hardly wait for her book to arrive … Continue reading Lenten Reflections of a Weary Mother
Any time is a good time to give thanks, and that definitely includes Advent and Christmas. So today I give thanks that the All-Powerful One who is All-Goodness came to us in Jesus. And I'm glad to share the following litany of thanks inspired by Psalm 100 and written by Stacey Gleddiesmith, a gifted worship arts leader and teacher. … Continue reading The All-Powerful One is All-Goodness
Yo tengo tanto para agradecer! In the words of our song with the children on Thanksgiving Sunday, I have so much to be thankful for! Our Thanksgiving worship display illustrated that beautifully by featuring foods and recipe books from around the world. Thank you to everyone who contributed and who so lovingly put together this … Continue reading So Much To Be Thankful For!