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Churches are being advised to provide hand sanitizer for all visitors during the coronavirus crisis, yet no hand sanitizer can be found.  Desperate times call for desperate measures.  One of my friends, who is a Baptist pastor, found a recipe for making your own sanitizer.  Only one problem: It required 190 proof vodka and you [...]

By |2020-03-19T14:52:59-05:00March 19th, 2020|

Practice Safe Church

COVID-19 is an unprecedented crisis we’ve not seen in our generation.  Churches and ministries are faced with some tough decisions in the coming days.  How do you continue ministry in times such as this? How is the Church to respond?  Below are some examples of things churches can do beyond providing hand sanitizers in your [...]

By |2020-03-12T16:13:43-05:00March 12th, 2020|

Certification in Recovery Ministry

Rockbridge now offers a certificate in Recovery Ministry, both at the undergraduate level and at the graduate level.   Participants will develop valuable leadership skills for ministering to those struggling with hurts, hang-ups, and habits. Students who complete these five courses will receive a Certificate in Recovery Ministry. Developing the Focused Life (Touchstone) Required 1st Recovery [...]

By |2020-03-06T17:26:38-06:00March 6th, 2020|

Reflections of a Church Closing

Reflections of a Church Closing, by Corey Tabor (MML 2016) Last year, my wife April and I shared with the small group of partners remaining in Full Life Community Church, that we were closing the church. Our youngest daughter Charis was less than one month old and April was still on maternity leave. After nine [...]

By |2020-02-28T10:12:58-06:00February 28th, 2020|

Spiritual Formation as Journey – Part 6 of 6

On the journey you become aware of your vulnerability Some years ago, I hiked the Na Pali coast on the island of Kauai with my wife and young adult children. From previous hikes, we knew a rainstorm on the mountains can cause hypothermia.  Failure to drink plenty of water leads to dehydration.  Each day on [...]

By |2020-02-21T11:29:29-06:00February 21st, 2020|

Spiritual Formation as Journey – Part 5

The Journey Invites Reflection What I enjoy most about hiking and camping is the opportunity to reflect upon my life.  The pilgrimage provides quiet moments for introspection. Reflection is an important spiritual practice in theology as Nouwen encourages: I propose here the discipline of strenuous theological reflection.  Just as prayer keeps us connected with the [...]

By |2020-02-13T16:24:13-06:00February 13th, 2020|

Spiritual Formation as Journey – Part 4

Telling the Story of the Journey Whether it is told sitting around the campfire, or explained with pictures to friends back home, each hiking experience has a story.  Stories are the means by which we communicate the truths we learned about ourselves and others.  Cole writes, “their story, yours, mine—it’s what we all carry with [...]

By |2020-01-31T14:07:57-06:00January 31st, 2020|

Spiritual Journey as Formation, Part 3

The Journey is an Experience, Not a Spectator Sport Part 3 of a 6-Part Series Some years ago I hiked the Na Pali coast on the island of Kauai with my wife and young adult children.  We did not learn to hike the Na Pali Coast by attending a class at our nearest mountain equipment [...]

By |2020-01-23T17:27:06-06:00January 23rd, 2020|

Spiritual Formation as Journey, Part 2

A Journey Requires a Guide A walk in the park doesn’t require a guide. However, a trek in the wilderness, especially when you are going to a destination you have never been, requires a guide. In the Southwest, cowboys refer to the guide as the “front rider.” Guides come in many forms. On the trails [...]

By |2020-01-16T14:46:38-06:00January 16th, 2020|

Spiritual Formation as Journey, Part 1

A few years ago, our family went backpacking on the Kalalau Trail in Kauai, Hawaii.  I was pumped at the prospect of seeing beautiful waterfalls, sunsets in the ocean, and breathtaking views from the cliffs of Na Pali Coast.  However, I did not expect that in the course of those six days on the eleven [...]

By |2020-01-23T16:29:28-06:00January 10th, 2020|