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  • A reflection on “Always together always alone: The truth about being a minister’s wife,” by Anne Brackin

    Feb 09, 2015 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Joyce Thomas | In my review of the literature on pastors’ spouses, I recently read Always Together Always Alone: The truth about being a minister’s wife, by Anne Brackin, a former pastor’s wife, who documented in her doctoral studies the loneliness and other feelings that many pastors’ wives experience. Many pastors’ wives have stated that they often experience loneliness or some form of depression while in ministry, and for many, it is their number one challenge.

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  • Mindful meditation and yoga as a spiritual practice

    Dec 15, 2014 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Joyce Thomas | Three months ago I finished a class entitled “Mindful Meditation” that taught meditation and yoga exercises. It was a weekly, two and a half hour class dealing with relaxation of the mind and body to get in touch with bottled-up thoughts, feelings, and body sensations. Mindful meditation works on the premise of focusing the mind in the present, being aware of your thoughts, feelings, and actions in the present without judging yourself.

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  • Pastors’ spouses who serve with joy

    Nov 17, 2014 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Joyce Thomas | In my last blog post, I wrote about being good enough to be a pastor’s spouse and the fact that many spouses feel they cannot measure up to the role and expectations of serving in ministry with their clergy spouse. The resolution was found in ll Corinthians 3:5: “not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God” (NASB).

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  • Chaplains for the common good: An essay on the social significance of preaching

    Nov 03, 2014 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Frank A. Thomas | In his book, Singing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land, the Reverend Doctor Joseph E. Lowery published a sermon entitled, “Chaplains for the Common Good,” from which I take the title of this article. In 1998, after his retirement from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Lowery joined with other activists and formed the Coalition for the People’s Agenda (CPA)—a coalition of advocacy groups on civil rights, peace, labor, women’s issues, justice, youth, human rights, etc.

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  • A question asked by the unsure: Am I good enough to be a pastor’s spouse?

    Oct 20, 2014 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Joyce Thomas | “Am I good enough to be a pastor’s spouse?” is a question often asked by spouses (especially females) who are just entering into ministry with their clergy spouse. Though pastors’ spouses are excited about partnering with a person who loves God and wants to serve God and God’s people, many feel they can never measure up to the role they think is expected.

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