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The Hub: Friday, May 10, 2024

Posted May 10, 2024

by Lexie Ludlam

Welcome to our top story findings of the week, on today’s issue of The Hub.

1. EDITORIAL: “Finding Faith: Talkin' church with Mike in a parking lot” by Devlyn Brooks

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    This Brainerd Dispatch article titled “Finding Faith: Talkin' church with Mike in a parking lot” highlights how faith can be discussed anywhere. Devlyn Brooks, a pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in Minnesota, found himself talking in the parking lot with a stranger, Mike, on what it means to be a “good religious person.” In the moment, he was able to be authentic and honest and find spiritual connection outside of the church’s walls. “And sometimes that’s the best pastoral work I do all week, friends. Just talkin’ trucks and church in a bookstore parking lot,” Brooks said.

    2. RESHAPING THE CHURCH: “He was stricken with vocal cord cancer twice, but found his life changed for the good” by Christine Leow

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      This Salt&Light article titled “He was stricken with vocal cord cancer twice, but found his life changed for the good” highlights an athlete’s journey from sickness, to strength, to the Spirit. When Raymond Yew, an avid triathlon runner, found out that he had vocal cord cancer, he did not have extreme side effects. After going through radiation and being found cancer-free, he took his healing for granted. When he found out the cancer came back, he realized he had to stop running and “surrender everything to God.”

      3. RESHAPING THE CHURCH: “'Radiant' retreat calls ministry wives to emotional health and continued servant leadership” by Tess Redmond

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        This Kentucky Today article titled “'Radiant' retreat calls ministry wives to emotional health and continued servant leadership” emphasizes the importance of a ministry spouse’s role. In April, “Radiant” retreat, organized by the Kentucky Baptist Convention, provided a place of solace and rejuvenation specifically for ministry and pastor’s wives from all different organizations. They recognize the impact ministry takes on the spouses of leaders. Christine Hoover, a women’s ministry leader and pastor’s wife that attended the retreat, said, “What happens to us pastor’s wives is we carry a lot internally. We carry burdens that our husbands carry... We know when people are hurting or when they are struggling. We carry all of that and that's heavy.”

        Although every Hub article is selected to foster discussion about modern church structure, not every idea and opinion expressed in the linked articles may fully align with the views and mission of Koinesúnē Magazine. All the same, we seek to uplift and celebrate the different ministries working around the globe.

        Check back next Friday for the next Hub article!