JONATHAN C DOW

How Is It With Your Soul?

Just before leaving for church on Easter Sunday morning, I grabbed my dress shoes from the closet. Looking them over to see how scuffed up they were, I noticed that there was a stone wedged in the sole of one of my shoes.

Carefully working to remove this stone in my sole, a not so humorous pun came to mind. I began to think about how . . .

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April 01, 2016

Mystery Ingredients

One of the TV shows my family enjoys watching is called “Chopped.” This cooking competition features four chefs who each must prepare an appetizer, entrée, and dessert. At the beginning of each course, the chefs are presented with a basket of three "mystery ingredients" that must be included. The additional twist in the show is that . . .

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February 09, 2016

Rate This App

“Rate the Bible.” That's the invitation randomly extended by the creators of my Bible app. While my response to this pop-up is usually, "not now," one particular morning I took a few moments to consider the challenge. “How would I rate the Bible?”

“What a foolish question,” I thought, as James 4:14 ran through my mind. . . .

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January 07, 2016

Talitha Koum

[This blog entry first appeared as an article written for Seedbed's Soul Care Collective. The vision of the collective is to provide resources designed to encourage individuals in personal soul care and to equip them to care for others within the context of their own vocation, all from a distinctly Wesleyan perspective. Please visit them . . .

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December 09, 2015

31 Days of Encouragement

A Resource to Strengthen and Equip You to Encourage the Weary

What would happen if, for the next 31 days, you chose to intentionally encourage someone else? Great idea, but what do you say? That question is the catalyst for a resource that I want to share with you!

Based on my blogs, 31 Days of Encouragement offers daily words of hope to strengthen you on your faith journey. These short, . . .

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November 20, 2015

Are You a Stressed Oak?

This past spring, the pin oak in our front yard began to drop its leaves. Over the next couple of months, this autumn-like behavior continued. Honestly, we really didn't pay too much attention until a late summer windstorm left our yard looking more like it was November. Looking up into the exposed limbs, we noticed that a number of the . . .

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October 02, 2015

A Second Time in the Valley

Life can be stopped in its tracks by bad news. While the Psalmist says, “They won’t be frightened at bad news. Their hearts are steady, trusting in the Lord” [112:7], the reality is that a middle of the night phone call, a doctor’s report, or even an email, can rock your world.

Imagine, then, the impact of news that means you will . . .

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September 08, 2015

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