Weekly Newsletter: Dark Nights of the Soul + Why Hope Matters + More

by | Nov 9, 2023 | The Reflectionary

Maybe it’s the time change and the fact that it’s dark at 5:00 pm now.

Maybe it’s that the world is full of people who are discouraged and lonely.

Whatever it is, I know that I need hope more than ever. I need people more than ever. I need the presence and voice of God more than ever.

I’ve written a lot more than usual this week and wanted to pass it all along because I think it all matters…

Via WalkHumble.com…

READ: 4 Attitudes You Can Choose Today

READ: Our Collective ‘Dark Night of the Soul’

Via my Patheos blog…

READ: 4 American Cultural Issues Contributing to Church Leader Burnout

And let me remind you, if you’re walking through a season of loneliness or burnout, you’re part of the burden of my heart right now. I’d love to hear from you if that’s you.

And as we enter into the Thanksgiving and Advent seasons, may you experience the presence of Christ as never before!


PS – I’m always available for a conversation with a leader experiencing burnout at any stage. If you’re there – discouraged, depleted, disillusioned – grab a free spot on my calendar for a half-hour Zoom call and I’ll send you a link.

Book a Half-Hour Clarity Call


This Week’s Big Sermon Idea

Why Our Hope About the Future Matters

A sermon idea based on 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.

While we may not have perfect clarity about the when and the how of Jesus’ return, because of his promise to do so, we have hope for the future that makes a difference in how we live today!

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Creative Sermon Series Ideas from MinistryPass

My favorite resource for sermon series and message ideas, complete series graphics, and video bumpers (but NOT full notes) to get you started is MinistryPass! Each week, I’ll feature a series I would recommend checking out for the upcoming season of the church year. This week:


From the Description:

This four-week series examines ways Christians are different from the world around them. Jesus was different from those around him in what he did, who he valued, what he was convicted about, and how he used his resources. To be different has less to do with “the church versus the world” and more to do with the “church in the world” showing love, giving to the needy, and reflecting a different way of living a more flourishing and God-honoring life.

Check Out This Sermon Series »


Links for Leaders


Events for Church Leaders

Neighborhood Economics: A National Conversation With a Local Impact

February 26-28, 2024
San Antonio, Texas

Convening and recruiting people who repair local economies – Join us as we facilitate ongoing conversations across geographies that help people build the economic architecture so everyone will thrive.

Exponential 2024

March 4 – 7, 2024
Orlando, Florida

Although making disciples is the clear mission of the Church, when asked, most churches say that making disciples who make disciples is still their biggest weakness.


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