Chris Ball

The Lost Art of Solitude

Posted by on Sep 27, 2014 in Bridgehaven Team, Chris Ball | 1 comment

“Solitude does not pull us away from our fellow human beings but instead makes real fellowship possible.”  ~Henri Nouwen “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.”  ~Augustine I’ve become increasingly aware of a pervasive affliction, which subtly plagues the Church. It’s guised under the cloak of isolation, but furtively permeates community. It silently screams as it cripples our feeble pursuit of wholeness. In our sociocultural day, the Church has managed to snuff out its capacity to practice solitude. We live in a time where the concept of...

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How Bridgehaven’s Therapuetic Process Group Can Help YOU Overcome Addiction

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Bridgehaven Team, Chris Ball | 0 comments

As Bridgehaven prepares to launch an Addiction Recovery Group this September 15, it would be helpful for us to understand the unique distinctions of a therapeutic process group.A therapeutic process group is not a: 12-step group Peer-support group Church small group This is not to diminish the value or efficacy of any of these three varieties of groups. In fact, each could contribute significantly in the recovery process for a person or family coming out of addiction. Bridgehaven believes that the local church is God’s chosen vehicle for community, holiness, and mission. However, there are...

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Parenting in the Digital Age

Posted by on Jul 19, 2014 in Bridgehaven Team, Chris Ball | 2 comments

“Covenantal Parenting, Creational View of Technology, & Transformational Approach” As we take a look today at some of the technology and social media used by our children, and consider how to shepherd them…it is important for us to examine the different components involved. It is helpful for us to understand the actual social media applications…what they are and how they work…so that we have a general feel for the landscape. Often times when it comes to issues that are close to our heart, we can often get distracted and lose focus of our role and responsibilities. This is not...

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The Race that is Set Before Us

Posted by on May 3, 2014 in Bridgehaven Team, Chris Ball | 0 comments

You could argue that the biblical story is about three locations. The garden in Genesis was a location of perfection and beauty but became a place of sin and trouble. The hill of Calvary was a place of both horrible suffering and transforming grace. And the New Jerusalem, that place of peace and refuge lit by the brightness of the Son, will be our final refuge forever. (Paul David Tripp, Dangerous Calling, p. 109) When running long distances competitively, it makes sense to emphasize the physical fitness component required to race. But when listening to those participating in marathons,...

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Context Clues for Remembering the War

Posted by on Mar 30, 2014 in Bridgehaven Team, Chris Ball | 0 comments

Perhaps we have forgotten that pastoral ministry is war and that you will never live successfully in the pastorate if you live with a peacetime mentality. (Paul David Tripp in Dangerous Calling, p. 98). Forgetting where you are at can make life awkward, difficult, and frustrating. The importance of understanding the dynamics of the place where you are located is something we often times take for granted. But our setting provides enormous insight as to how we are to understand ourselves, and how to function within a particular context. In elementary school, language arts classes emphasize the...

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Pursuing Holiness in Community

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Bridgehaven Team, Chris Ball, Dangerous Calling | 0 comments

Counselors Reflect on Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp A Series to Care for the Care Takers of God’s People     Pastor, make sure you are being pastored the entire time you are pastoring others. Seek out a mature and reliable person with whom you can share your heart. Paul David Tripp, ‘Dangerous Calling,’ p.80 Paul Tripp practically cuts to the chase by imploring pastors to humility in submitting themselves to the pastoral care. When Jesus is not in His place as the King of kings, the hierarchy can become a bit bottlenecked, and theo-political chaos ensues. Christian leaders can...

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