“Christmas is not a fairy story, but the compelling opening of the greatest drama in history, with you as one of millions of players. Life will often be tough, but you will find more love than you can imagine now.” ++Justin

1 Seven signs of a healthy life group, the rule of eight and Frank Viola’s rethinking of the five-fold ministry.
2 Thom Rainer shares a great letter for a local pastor and the  detailed challenges of pastoral ministry in a facebook age.
3 A helpful diagnostic distinguishing ego from calling. Well stated here.
4 Why writing really helps, and how “stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving” by L’Engle.
5 ++Justin on hearing the Holy Spirit and his brilliant letter to a younger self.