The Theology of Joy

The Theology of Joy

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-24   Of all of the fruits listed in these verses joy is consistently the most elusive. We often hear the correct and encouraging phrase, “Choose joy!” Although this idea of […]

Interview With a Small Town Pastor’s Wife: Carmen Erickson

Interview With a Small Town Pastor’s Wife: Carmen Erickson

Carmen and my friendship came about as a result of our husbands’ friendship. Tim and Jonathan have been best friends through Bible college, through starting families, through their beginning ministries, and through struggles and growth in the pastorate. Yet, although our husbands’ friendship helped introduce us, it was natural to form a friendship between ourselves. […]

Counseling in the Small Places: You Have a Role to Play

Counseling in the Small Places: You Have a Role to Play

Small-towns and rural communities are in crisis. They are rarely the wholesome communities portrayed to us on old television shows or travel magazines. Divorce, drug-addiction, suicide, depression, family turmoil, and many more intense situations face us as we attempt to minister to our people. Add to it the fact that a strong gospel presence is […]