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October 23, 2013 - Ed Welch - Blog Post

As a counselor, I have often wanted to personally taste the difficult experiences of others. I know that sometimes people want to talk to a person who has “been there”—who has experienced what they are struggling with.  That’s why I have wanted to taste schizophrenia, quadriplegia, particular physical pain, mania, and most anything foreign to me that I have witnessed in others. Just a taste, of course.

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October 02, 2013 - Ed Welch - Blog Post

The worst pain is pain that seems outside the reach of Scripture. It is one thing to go through hardships; it is something much worse to go through hardships when Scripture seems silent—when God seems silent. We end up imposing the worst interpretation possible on the hardship, instead of seeing how our suffering is gathered into Scripture’s story of human experience.

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September 23, 2013 - Robyn Huck - Blog Post

The phone rings; you hear sirens in the background. She is in great pain, or big trouble, or complete confusion. How should you respond?

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September 23, 2013 - Ed Welch - Blog Post

It wasn’t exactly a house call. It was a nursing home call on an eighty-five year old who had talked to me about his depression a handful of times over the last few decades. He was there because the deacons of his church knew that he was not making it on his own and they, with great effort, organized his minimal finances and found him a place that seemed to be better than what he could afford.

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September 16, 2013 - Alasdair Groves - Blog Post

When people ask about the meaning of our conference title—“Not Alone”—I haven’t been quite sure how to answer. Until last week. A comment at last week’s faculty meeting gave me a brilliant way to describe the conference to others—and moved me solidly into the category of edge-of-my-seat-can’t-wait-to-be-there. "One of our core goals,” my colleague suggested, “is to move people toward a relationship with God that is every bit as real as their relationships with other people."

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September 10, 2013 - Ed Welch - Blog Post

Not Alone is the title of our conference in October, and since we have to actually speak at this conference, we have been talking about it in our CCEF faculty meetings. We are finding, as you would guess, that the topic is a doozy.  Alone Is there anything worse than isolation? Solitary confinement remains the worst punishment for an adult; time out is the worst for many children. Betrayal, ridicule, shame, gossip—their power is in how they distance us from others.

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September 10, 2013 - CCEF - Blog Post

We Were Lost. Now We’re Found… in Him. Everyone has experienced isolation and alienation. We lost more than a nice home when we were banished from Eden. We lost relationship with God and with each other. But then God did the unthinkable. The Son of God became the Man Christ Jesus: one of us that we might be united to him.

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