Growing Spiritual Roots in Your Neighborhood


Something in all of us wants to be connected to a place and the people who live in it. Those in our neighborhood and city are longing for it. I believe God is drawing his church back to ordinary, local relationships among real neighbors, whole persons in a real context, not just far-off mission conquests. […]

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Taken from Staying is the New Going copyright © 2015 by Alan Briggs. Used by permission of  NavPress. All rights reserved. Represented by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Are You Called to Be a Mentor?


I sat one evening at our kitchen table and watched as my son sobbed, rubbed his temples and yanked a fistful of his hair. He shoved his math homework at me and hollered, “I’m stupid!” I gently slid the paper back. “Let’s walk through this again.” More tears. It was fourth grade. The answers were […]

Adapted and updated from True You: Moving Beyond Self-Doubt and Using Your Voice by Adele A. Calhoun and Tracey D. Bianchi (IVP, 2015. To order a copy click on the image (right).

How to Be a Better Best Friend


It’s wonderful to have a close friend; someone who loves to hear your good news or is there for you when you’re having a bad day. But like any relationship, friendships need attention to keep them strong and growing. Here are some ways to be an even better friend: 1.Ask thoughtful questions. Instead of the […]

Dale Hanson Bourke is the editor and publisher of and author of 12 books, including Embracing Your Second Calling, available in resources.