Tag: pastoral care

November 22, 2023
Positive Reflection Ideas for Your Team (And You)

Does the idea of workplace reflection cause you anxiety or concern? How would the team of people you work with react to time spent in such discussions? Chelsea Logan's helpful article provides several links to help guide your workforce through positive self-reflection, which can bring benefits to individuals and their team. "Reflection is more than […]

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November 22, 2023
Are you ‘Practising the Presence of God?’

Peter Adam explains that the mandatory isolation of COVID enabled growth in his prayer life in a time-honoured fashion familiar to many Christians. "The expression ‘practising the presence of God’ comes from a book by Brother Laurence. For me it means putting into practice, whenever possible, a conscious thankful awareness of God’s presence, meditation on […]

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November 22, 2023
How Our Earthly Labor Embodies Heavenly Good

For many of us there is little pleasure in work. We need employment in order to provide for our most basic needs. John Pletcher turns to the biblical story to encourage us to see positives in our daily endeavours: "Four questions might prompt us to see the heavenly good in our earthly work: https://tifwe.org/how-our-earthly-labor-embodies-heavenly-good/ Photo […]

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November 20, 2023
Stress levels in Australian workplaces among the highest as we battle constant interruptions and irritating colleagues

Recent studies show that as more of us return to the work environment rather than working from home, stress levels are rising. Lower productivity and an increase in worker dissatisfaction, are only some of the issues now facing employers. As Libby Sanders notes, "Well designed workspaces that include acoustic treatment, psychological safety, effective leadership, healthy […]

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November 20, 2023
Stories of Suffering, Redemption, Hope

John Wyatt examines the way in which Christians might regard the problem of suffering in the world. With examples of Christians who have experienced some of life's toughest challenges, Wyatt notes, "So a recurring theme of human experience is the strange but wonderful way that the evil, pain, distress and agony of human suffering is […]

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November 20, 2023
Listening and Perceiving: Job’s Friends and Pastoral Care

Kate Bradford provides insight into supporting those who are suffering. "In the biblical book of Job, we see the upright and prosperous Job reduced to abject misery as the blessings of his life—his children, his livestock, and his health—are stripped away one by one. Unlike Job and the other people in the story, readers know […]

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October 25, 2023
Work, Rest, and Play

This thoughtful article reminds us of the theology behind the circumstances of work, rest, and play, noting that as humans we have limits and work is a reflection of our love for God. Our omnipotent God does not need us to do his work. "As important as work is, work isn’t meant to define us. […]

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October 21, 2023
Me and My Coffee

The challenge of technology and individualism In this excerpt from the Two Ways News, Tony Payne and Philip Jensen discuss individualism and the Christian idea of fellowship. Podcast excerpt: "TP: Phillip, I want to talk about the fact that the other day you accused me of being a coffee snob. PJ: Which you are. TP: Well, of course. […]

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October 21, 2023
How to help others without owning their problems

In this thoughtful article The Rev Dr Keith Condie, co-director and co-founder of the Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute, provides helpful points to consider when seeking to minister to others with pastoral care. "Christian life and ministry is marked by a pattern: cross before resurrection. We follow Christ in his vulnerability, not just his […]

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October 20, 2023
How Climbing Higher Brings Leadership Clarity

A reminder to look to the heavenly father when our thinking becomes clouded and needing new perspective... “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on […]

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October 19, 2023
Purposefooled

From Revive Our Hearts*, Bob Lepine interviews author Kelly Needham about her book, "Purposefooled: why chasing your dreams, finding your calling, and reaching for greatness will never be enough" (Thomas Nelson, 2023). An encouraging discussion that reminds us to keep our focus on the One in whose image we are made and in whom lies […]

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October 19, 2023
10 Things You Should Know About Christian Hospitality

In this short Crossway podcast, Rosaria Butterfield reflects on the Christian life and the significance of the practice of hospitality. She explains that "hospitality reflects the Gospel", describing it as "the Ground Zero of the Christian life" and encouragingly shows how welcoming a guest enables them to"taste and see that the Lord is good" (Psalm […]

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