Tag Archives: balance

Human Being versus Doing. Towards Wholeness

I am not alone when I admit I have wrestled with the being versus doing dichotomy. In essence, it's a longing to live more authentically, to experience meaning in those things we do and not feeling disconnected from our sense of being whether by mindless rote, guilt or unhealthy obligation. I know that this was…
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Lament

There was a tradition in a segment of Psalms referred to as the lament psalms. It was the pouring out of one's grief with all its ugliness to God. It was often in response to great loss, death, war, captivity and often gave voice to great despair and anger. In all the rawness that could…
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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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The Art of Reason-Seasoned Passion

The phone rang the other day. "Hi guys!" the caller started. "We are on our way but have to get pulled out of the ditch first" the voice said in as a good humor as one could muster in that situation.  It turns out that the gravel road from their house to the highway was glare…
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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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Stubborn Gladness

I have been working with a group of folks to practice gratitude as a way of life. Just everyday folks walking faith out in everyday life. We are finding it not as easy as it would seem. We discussed how so much of what happens around us could be a nagging and persistent source of…
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Used by God – Revisited

The great poet T.S. Eliot once wrote: We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time.

 A profound turn of phrase and very true if we live even slightly awake. It is most certainly true with…
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Renewing of our Minds: 8 Deadly Thoughts

The Apostle Paul, writing to the church in Rome and encourages them in a new way of living - the way of love. To do so, Paul suggests we need to renew of our mind by embracing Kingdom values, specifically love, and no longer conforming to the patterns of the world. This renewing of our…
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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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Peacemakers vs Peacekeeping: Dealing with Conflict

Do you cringe at the thought of conflict? Do you often go to great lengths to avoid conflict at all costs? Do you tend to appease when you probably should confront? You may be a peacekeeper. There is a difference between the peacemaker and the peacekeeper. Peacekeepers will go to great lengths to avoid or…
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