Category Archives: Faith in Real Life

Where the rubber meets the road! Practical faith in everyday life. Learn to live your faith with peace, joy and authenticity in practical ways. Discover what gives you life, your strengths and how can you learn to leverage those strengths for living life well!

I’m Burnt Out on Outrage

I was speaking with a friend today who was expressing indignation at a particularly twisted bit of theology.  It was one of those things one can only shake one's head, with mouth agape in wonderment, at such profound theological abuse. I found that in reading it, I had no energy to be outraged.  Yes, it…
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Healing through Love

"Hurt people, hurt people."  Have you ever heard this saying? We all can recall a time when we have been on the receiving end of a hurting person, and truth be told, there are probably a few occasions where we have been the person doing the hurting.  When we don't deal with our hurt and…
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Confronting my Sacred Violence

As I continue to wrestle with my own violence, and the violence of my tribe, I am aware how I (we) often whitewash our violence with a smile, a bible verse or rationalize our aggression in the name of God (or God causes) as if the end somehow justifies the means. Violence, even sacred violence…
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Lost and Found

Have been bumping into many folks recently (myself included) who are feeling really stretched. They have a lot going on in their life and feel overwhelmed and a little lost in the swirl of unknowing that life can often be. This poem speaks to me, and maybe to you too? Especially this line: "Stand still.…
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The Welcome of God

Can you think of a time when you were made to feel really welcome? Where the host(s) went out of their way to ensure that you felt comfortable and well served? What did that look like? How did that make you feel? What difference did this make for you? How about in a situation where…
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Square Peg in a Round Hole World

David Hayward, aka as the Naked Pastor posted a cartoon recently (see above).   This cartoon spoke to me, and I am beginning to understand why I resonate with it, and it is for deeply personal reasons. Confession time. I feel like a square peg, and I have all my life.  For most of my…
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Eating Elephants – Goals & Growth

(Posted this article a few years back and it has been really encouraging for folks and thought I'd share it again) “Yah, yah, yah! Here we go again. Yet another list of tips for achieving goals! Yah, I get it!” Heard it all before and frustrated? I hear ya. There are a lot of great…
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Stumbling Steps of Journey

These few thoughts were shared with me by a good friend.  In these short statements he is sharing something quite profound around the idea of journey, of growth and becoming.  Read through the short list only dwelling on the statement(s) that stir you in some way.   Consider: every step as transitory every articulated goal as…
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New Year Resolutions Set you up to Fail!

Rhythms of the Heart - After years of making them, I am really kind of down on the whole New Year resolutions schtick.  The making of New Year resolutions can be a good intention but a poor strategy and often come from a sense of external obligation instead of a thoughtful desire originating from your own…
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Preparing and Repairing

As we progress through the season of Advent, we continue with our reflection, practices, and preparation in anticipation of the incarnation of love in the Christ child. This week I have been prayerfully considering the ideas of preparing and repairing. The Gospel reading below tells of John the Baptizer, the forerunner of Jesus, and whose task…
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