Category Archives: Featured

The Both-And approach to Fear

It was a simple statement on my feed this morning.  They stated, “Faith and worry cannot co-exist.” With a sigh, I asked, “So then why is it that fear and faith co-exist all the time?" We have to do better than mere platitudes. Surely Christian spirituality is more robust in the hothouse of real life.…
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What we think they see

A strange adventure at Costco last Wednesday. As I was pushing my cart, doing my shopping and people watching I saw a lady walk towards me with what looked like a nasty bruise right in the middle of her forehead. I thought to myself ‘I wonder what she walked into?’ A few minutes later I saw…
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From your Head to your Heart

“You must descend from your head into your heart. At present, your thoughts of God are in your head.  And God himself is, as it were, outside you, and so your prayer and other spiritual exercises remain exterior. Whilst you are still in your head, thoughts will not easily be subdued but will always be whirling about, like snow in winter or clouds…
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“Grief is just Anger” – Grief Myth

I always like to start by affirming a couple of basics of grief from the Grief Recovery Method®: Grief is the normal and natural emotional response to a loss of any kind. Grief is unique and relates directly to the uniqueness of human relationships,  No two relationships are the same Grief is conflicting feelings caused by…
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Playing with Scripture – Midrash

[Guest article by Jacob Rose] The Jewish tradition of midrash offers something rich to the practice of scriptural interpretation that is too often forgone in the Christian tradition. Rachel Held Evans, author of Inspired, writes: “While Christians turn to Scripture to end a conversation, Jews turn to scripture to start a conversation” (24). Often, the understanding of…
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Walking in the Dark

The above quote stirred me deeply today. “Do not be afraid” is a constant mantra through the scripture (some 70+ times) ... and from personal experience, I can understand why.  I continue in a season of a long dark shadow.  A dark shadow cast by my beloved’s journey with Cancer.   These past 6 months…
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An Open Heart even when it’s Breaking

[August 6, 2019] The test results got flagged.  In short order, she was in another city for hi-res diagnostic imaging. The radiologist enters the consulting room.  You could tell the news wasn't good, especially when it starts with "I'm so sorry..." Within a week she was scheduled for a biopsy of the bigger tumour and…
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Kissed by The Rose’s – Interview: Michael and Andrea Rose

Michael is back from an amazing gathering in Texas.  This gathering saw folks from all over the United States gather to explore the God-who-loves in practical and soul-inspiring ways.  While there, Andrea and Michael sat down with Steve and Bryon from Bros. in a Basement Podcast. Have a listen: Listen to "Episode 62 - Kissed…
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Honest Questions

The following was never intended to be a blog post.  Truth be told, I wrote it in a moment of heartbreak and I shared it on Facebook. Multiple likes and shares later, I thought maybe it might be worth sharing here. There are a lot of people asking tough questions.  It would be a mistake…
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Forgiveness – Love in Real Life

Through heaves of sorrow from a broken heart, he asked “Does repentance have to come before forgiveness? They have no idea how they have destroyed me.  How do I forgive?” They are unaware. Oblivious to how much they have hurt my friend. So is there any theological (or otherwise) position to forgiving those who hurt…
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