Formations 04.15.2018: Acts of Encouragement

The most triumphant moment of the musical Dear Evan Hansen might come after Evan starts a club to remember Connor Murphy, a classmate who had recently killed himself. In the Connor Project’s first assembly, Evan imagines a community of encouragement.

Formations 09.11.2016: Encouraging Others

Legendary football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant once explained that his coaching philosophy involved communicating three things to his players: “If anything goes bad, then I did it. If anything goes semi good, then we did it. If anything goes real good, then you did it.”

Bittersweet: A Meditation for Teachers

There are weeks, even months, when we look forward to arriving at school each morning. We open our doors and relish the start of a new day of learning and laughter with our students.

Flame: God Is Close to Us Safety Pins

Here’s an idea to help emphasize God’s closeness to us, wherever we are, and whatever we’re doing. It works for adults or children, individuals or groups, so be prepared.

To Those Waiting and to Those Mourning on Mother’s Day

I don’t know how you feel. And that is my important disclaimer here. I don’t know what it’s like to wait months or even years, only to see a little negative sign that hurts in such a big way.

Passing the Scroll

Some folks who teach young people wonder if their efforts are worthwhile. It can be difficult to stay focused on a scriptural text when teenagers are preoccupied with the latest gossip regarding what happened over the weekend, who likes who, and so on.

The Gripping Reality of the Spiritual “Dark Night”

We all know the hard-luck person (that’s what he gets labeled) who seems to encounter one tragedy after another. Sometimes, the tragedies seem to pile up on each other. Maybe you have been that person.

Questionable Parenting

Ever question your parenting? You should. Now, don’t go freaking out on me, wringing your hands, and running for the closest parenting book. I have a few confessions to make. These moments are brought to you by me, my husband Matt, and our lovely children.

What’s in your “Honey Pot”?

There is a card on my desk that begins, “Dear Dad. Thank you so much for continuing to encourage and support me!” And, there is a picture that hangs on my wall, “Dear Dad, I love you very much!” And, I have a box full of other cards and notes my wife and daughters have given me through the years.