What We Love About Lent

How do you feel about Lent? Many Christ-followers are unsure about it. To some it feels somber, even dark or oppressive, and they’re afraid of it. But Catholics and mainline Protestant churches have been celebrating Lent for centuries. And in the last few years more and more Christians are participating. Pastors, including those at conservative…

The Wounded Healer as a Spiritual Guide (Henri Nouwen)

Henri Nouwen in his book The Wounded Healer laments that most Christian leaders are not prepared to be spiritual leaders for hurting people. “Our service will not be perceived as authentic,” Nouwen warns, “unless it comes from a heart wounded by the suffering about which we speak. Thus, nothing can be written about ministry without a deeper understanding of…

With Jesus You are Unforsaken!

The spiritual program that has most impacted my life may surprise you. It’s the Stations of the Cross. Over the years I’ve gathered Gospel meditations and written prayers to go with each of the fourteen stations. It’s a crosswalk that brings me up close and personal to Jesus. I call it Unforsaken because that’s the…

Reasons Why Christian Leaders Fail

Dr. Robert (“Bobby”) Clinton studied the lives of 3,500 leaders and found that few leaders finish well.  Many drop out. (Usually due to burnout. Some have a moral failing.) The majority plateau. (A slow fail.) Only a few are disciplined, keep growing, and finish well. Even in the Bible this pattern holds true. He identified 49 Bible…

Top Soul Care Needs of 2016

Happy New Year! It’s surprising how many people search the Internet for help meeting soul care needs. In 2016 SoulShepherding.org received close to 1,000,000 page views. The #1 utilized resource was our “Spiritual Disciplines List” which was accessed 41,314 times. Other top Internet searches we received include “the Father’s love,” “fear not,” “calming anxiety,” “hearing God,” “setting boundaries,”…