The really challenging seasons are those when you know nothing is wrong, but nothing feels right. Gavin Ortlund writes about practising intentional gratitude as a pathway to restoring balance and experiencing joy. There are things we have, and things we lack. Blessings and disappointments. And our default seems to be for the bad things, the …

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Gavin Ortlund offers seven areas in which pastors manifest affection (in contrast to love) for those the congregations they serve. He finishes by writing: See them through God’s eyes These people are the sheep of the shepherd. God loves them with a jealous, yearning, husband-like love: “Love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as …

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In a post containing five leadership lessons by Gavin Ortlund, I found this one about communicating when change is going happen sums up a lot of principles I use. It’s about showing respect, building consensus, and avoiding misunderstanding. Don’t surprise more than necessary. People don’t like unpleasant surprises. We know this in principle — but …

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