7 tips for making the most of church

A few weeks ago we chatted about how to get the most of sermons each week when you attend church and as I compiled my list of tips, I inevitably came up with several that weren’t specific to the sermon but to church in general. When the question came up about going to church or if listening online is ok, I knew I had to write this post. K-Love talked about it the other day too. Is it necessary to

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Introducing The VMP Society

As our tiny team gathered last week to talk about the future of Val Marie Paper, one thing was clear. We want to encourage y’all to create a deeper connection with the Lord. Doi, right? But we soon identified one major hole. We are sending you out into the world with a product and not keeping you accountable or educating and encouraging you in how to use them. I kind of just assumed every journal that went out landed in

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How to find a mentor?

I have had a desire for a mentor for years. I really didn’t know how to go about this though so I never really pursued it. Isn’t that true of most things? We don’t know how to start so we don’t start at all? This year, I had it as part of my goals for 2017 so I was a bit more motivated to follow through on this. Since mentioning meeting with a mentor, I have had lots of questions

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How to handle controversy in the church

I love learning. Lately though, it’s been muddied by doubt in the books I pick up, the teachings I hear and the blogs I read. This is a controversial time in our church history. I’m sure it always is to some extent, but I’m feeling it more now than at least I ever had before. I can read back-to-back posts from one Christian saying “There is no way a real Christian voted for Hillary” followed by someone else who says “There

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Born on third base

My biggest takeaways from the If Gathering, didn’t come from one of the talks (although I’m still unpacking them all! So good!) but from a prayer that Jennie Allen made after the Racial Unity Table chat (watch it here!). It was really good to hear from women of color their thoughts, struggles and what they needed most from their white sisters. Then Jennie prayed over them and for them and prayed for white women (I’m paraphrasing here) asking for forgiveness for

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