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Ken L. Hagler

Even if one prepares for grief, there's no way to anticipate the many changes and challenges in going through "the valley of suck," writes the Rev. Ken L. Hagler. more

Feb 22, 2017 1:49 PM Practicing Faith

Working on a book about faith in grief, the Rev. Ken L. Hagler better understands a spiritual truth: Suffering and change go hand-in-hand. more

Feb 8, 2017 11:34 AM Practicing Faith

Surprised Eye

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Five months after his wife Heather's death from cancer, the Rev. Ken Hagler finds that his grieving process -- and that of his family as well -- continues to bring unpleasant surprises for which God's faithfulness is the only response. more

Nov 21, 2016 7:23 AM Practicing Faith

The popular "Be Happy" theology today doesn't take into account the harsh realities of life that Christians need to embrace, writes the Rev. Ken L. Hagler. more

Sep 22, 2016 9:49 AM Practicing Faith

Forced to make a judgment of another Christian, "Jedi Pastor" the Rev. Ken Hagler looks back on his family's recent tragic experience as a frame for determining that humility is a spiritual trait most need today. more

Sep 8, 2016 6:51 PM Practicing Faith

Full Plate

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Newly widowed and touched by his denomination's woes, the Rev. Ken Hagler counsels people of faith to "lean in" to their "valley of suck," even when their spiritual and emotional plates are as full as his is right now. more

Aug 6, 2016 3:23 PM Practicing Faith

Desolation

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For all that he tried to prepare himself for his wife Heather's death from cancer, the Rev. Ken L. Hagler finds that nothing could have prepared for the truth. more

Jun 16, 2016 2:34 PM Practicing Faith

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UPDATE: Heather Hagler, wife of the Rev. Ken L. Hagler, died June 12 after a courageous battle with colon cancer. more

Jun 9, 2016 5:12 PM Practicing Faith

Wonder and Love

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As his family's vigil with his dying wife Heather continues, the Rev. Ken Hagler marvels at how the presence of Jesus shines through her efforts to remain connected to her loved ones. more

Jun 8, 2016 4:26 PM Practicing Faith

Death Valley

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With his wife Heather suffering the agonizing effects of Stage 4 colon cancer, the Rev. Ken Hagler learns a deep spiritual truth about God's presence in a valley of shadow. more

Jun 1, 2016 6:56 PM Practicing Faith

Carving Knife

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Rev. Ken Hagler offers a spiritual practice to help deal with life's difficult conflicts and challenges. more

Apr 14, 2016 4:20 PM Practicing Faith

God, Be Near Me

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Serving as his wife's primary caregiver in her struggle against cancer, the Rev. Ken Hagler plunges deeply into the "soul work" that accompanies such a life challenge. more

Mar 10, 2016 4:35 PM Practicing Faith

Even if one prepares for grief, there's no way to anticipate the many changes and challenges in going through "the valley of suck," writes the Rev. Ken L. Hagler. more

Feb 22, 2017 1:49 PM Practicing Faith

Working on a book about faith in grief, the Rev. Ken L. Hagler better understands a spiritual truth: Suffering and change go hand-in-hand. more

Feb 8, 2017 11:34 AM Practicing Faith

Surprised Eye

Photo Courtesy of Ken Hagler

Five months after his wife Heather's death from cancer, the Rev. Ken Hagler finds that his grieving process -- and that of his family as well -- continues to bring unpleasant surprises for which God's faithfulness is the only response. more

Nov 21, 2016 7:23 AM Practicing Faith

The popular "Be Happy" theology today doesn't take into account the harsh realities of life that Christians need to embrace, writes the Rev. Ken L. Hagler. more

Sep 22, 2016 9:49 AM Practicing Faith

Forced to make a judgment of another Christian, "Jedi Pastor" the Rev. Ken Hagler looks back on his family's recent tragic experience as a frame for determining that humility is a spiritual trait most need today. more

Sep 8, 2016 6:51 PM Practicing Faith

Full Plate

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Newly widowed and touched by his denomination's woes, the Rev. Ken Hagler counsels people of faith to "lean in" to their "valley of suck," even when their spiritual and emotional plates are as full as his is right now. more

Aug 6, 2016 3:23 PM Practicing Faith

Desolation

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For all that he tried to prepare himself for his wife Heather's death from cancer, the Rev. Ken L. Hagler finds that nothing could have prepared for the truth. more

Jun 16, 2016 2:34 PM Practicing Faith

Crow

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UPDATE: Heather Hagler, wife of the Rev. Ken L. Hagler, died June 12 after a courageous battle with colon cancer. more

Jun 9, 2016 5:12 PM Practicing Faith

Wonder and Love

Courtesy of Ken Hagler

As his family's vigil with his dying wife Heather continues, the Rev. Ken Hagler marvels at how the presence of Jesus shines through her efforts to remain connected to her loved ones. more

Jun 8, 2016 4:26 PM Practicing Faith

Death Valley

Photo Courtesy of Ken Hagler

With his wife Heather suffering the agonizing effects of Stage 4 colon cancer, the Rev. Ken Hagler learns a deep spiritual truth about God's presence in a valley of shadow. more

Jun 1, 2016 6:56 PM Practicing Faith

Carving Knife

Illustration Courtesy of Ken L. Hagler

Rev. Ken Hagler offers a spiritual practice to help deal with life's difficult conflicts and challenges. more

Apr 14, 2016 4:20 PM Practicing Faith

God, Be Near Me

Meme Courtesy of Ken Hagler

Serving as his wife's primary caregiver in her struggle against cancer, the Rev. Ken Hagler plunges deeply into the "soul work" that accompanies such a life challenge. more

Mar 10, 2016 4:35 PM Practicing Faith

Caring for his wife Heather and their two children as she undergoes treatment for life-threatening cancer has taught the Rev. Ken Hagler the importance of caregivers saying "no" to other things they love. more

Dec 18, 2015 8:00 AM Perspectives

Give Up: It Isn't That Easy

"Jedi Pastor" Ken L. Hagler advises that it's possible to make a hobby of religion, but that following Jesus takes more work, because it requires us to devote our entire lives. more

Mar 27, 2015 9:27 AM 'Jedi Pastor' Ken L. Hagler

Lost

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Losing My Way: Farther Down A Blind Road

Sometimes, we must lose our way in order to find The Way to life as a follower of Jesus Christ, writes the Rev. Ken L. Hagler, who suffered the onset of a vision disability this year. more

Nov 27, 2013 11:00 AM 'Jedi Pastor' Ken L. Hagler

Rediscovering John Wesley's Prayers of Examen: Denying Self

"Jedi Pastor Ken" Hagler looks at how John Wesley examined his soul to deny himself and seek God -- a practice for Lent. more

Mar 12, 2013 9:35 AM Jedi Pastor Ken

Sound Theology

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What Does It Matter?

"Jedi Pastor" Ken L. Hagler examines why sound theology is so important to living life with faithfulness and integrity as a Christian. more

Feb 20, 2013 9:18 PM Jedi Pastor Ken

Prayer Fruits

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How Is the Life of Prayer In the Pulpit?

What the church really needs to measure, says the Rev. Ken L. Hagler, is not the latest performance metric from the business world, but whether its leadership exhibits the fruits of the spirit that only come from a life of prayer. more

Dec 11, 2012 6:38 PM Jedi Pastor Ken

Four Rules of Giving

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A Different Kind of Christmas: Expect a Miracle

The Rev. Ken Hagler makes a shocking proposal for Christmas: What if we focused not on buying and consuming stuff, but on Jesus? more

Dec 4, 2012 11:44 AM Jedi Pastor Ken

Family Table

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Upstarts at the Table of God

Preparing to preside at Holy Communion, the Rev. Ken Hagler is struck by an inspiration that likens the Eucharist to the joys and challenges of a family table. more

Aug 17, 2012 2:15 PM Jedi Pastor Ken