Web-Sightings for the week – June 28, 2013

Father's Day Goes Horribly Wrong as Popular Youth Pastor Killed Trying to Help Stranded Driver

Son of Pastor Killed Minutes Before Father's Day Focuses on Forgiveness Ahead of Memorial Service

Letters to a Young Pastor -- now $2.99 - Still a GREAT deal!  256 pages (updated 06/30/13)
[Kindle Edition] by Calvin Miller
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Amazon synopsis:  Calvin Miller has long been one of the most creative voices in the church. As a best-selling author and poet he has enabled believers to flourish. As a pastor and educator he has equipped countless thousands to know and serve God more fully. And he’s got the battle scars to prove it.

Having survived these tumultuous decades, Dr. Miller now shares his well-earned wisdom with the next generation of pastors—including you, or someone you know.

Miller acknowledges much has changed over his years of ministry, as we’ve moved from switchboards to smartphones and from big-haired evangelists to cigar-smoking emergents. But two truths remain the same: God is love and people are broken. In this honest, engaging, and humorous collection of letters, he encourages you to fight the good fight, stay the course, and keep your eye on the Author and Finisher of the faith … to serve well every Sunday so you’ll never feel the urge to resign on Monday.

These three go together. I pray they may be helpful to ministering to women, especially hurting women:

Do You See Any Hope in the Church?

I Rarely Go to Church Anymore…
“God what can I do in my small corner of the world to change this tide?! Isn’t it your desire that people flock to the church when they are in emotional pain—not flee! Isn’t your heart’s intention that people in pain be met with compassion, understanding, and appropriate care—like Jesus gave?
Carol, I do see hope in the church!

Carol, I do see hope in the church!
Yes, even the choice animals need shepherding. But most of us in the body of Christ naturally gravitate to the healthy because like the shepherds in Israel, we receive something from our efforts. Women completing a weekly Bible study program often affirm their leaders and the Bible study experience. They have the good feelings of completion. There was a beginning and an end, and the end marked productivity. In the process they learned something more about the Bible and themselves. Success is measurable. We believe our efforts were well spent and we feel rewarded. Bible study is certainly gratifying and essential! Healthy sheep DO need good food and a safe environment in which to grow. But often our ministries to women are only ministries to the “healthy.”

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