Ron Cook

How to Sabbath As a Pastor

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By Mike Osborne I recently retired from pastoral ministry and took on a new challenge as Dean of Students at a theological seminary. Now relieved of the responsibilities of church work, I’ve been reflecting on my thirty-two year pastoral career. One of the things I’ve been stunned to realize is just how much those years were filled with anxiety and frantic ambition instead of “the peace that passes understanding” that we Christians talk about. Looking back, I wish I had “Sabbathed”…

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The Place I Find Myself

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By Mike Osborne “Who are you?” It was 1973. I was a 19-year old student at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, eating lunch with friends. Stephanie—serious, inquisitive, known for deeply diving into matters of the heart—was sitting to my right in the dining hall. As I munched on my dry hamburger I could tell she was staring at me. I glanced over at the eyes that were looking into me. She asked again, “Who are you?” I thought: What do I say? Friends…

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How’s Your House?

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By Jennifer Street At the end of this summer we will pass the 3 year anniversary of the 500 year flood that has forever changed the lives and landscapes of Texas.  I thought it might be helpful to share some thoughts and reflections on recovery. It is my privilege to work with Care for Pastor’s team and I am honored to be able to share these thoughts with you. The day Hurricane Harvey arrived was the second day of my…

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4 Ways to Refresh When Your Soul is Weary

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By Dan Reiland Early in March, the prevailing thought was that we’d all be back in buildings for church services by May. Very few expected the COVID pandemic to go this long. It’s now May, and only a handful of churches have reopened at very limited percentages of their normal seating capacity. Some churches are working on plans for reopening in June, still limiting their seating, and many will not reopen till July or August. One of the major existing…

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7 Ways to Create Unity in a Church

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By Ron Edmondson I once consulted with a church struggling to move forward. The pastor had been there a couple years, had a great vision and was supported by most everyone, there were adequate resources, the community needed a healthy church (as all do), but they never could get any traction. In working with the church, I quickly assessed they had a unity problem. The church had two dominant factions – mostly split over a denominational issue. I felt like…

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