Tag Archives: Christian formation

The Many Faces of Love – Agape

It is important to be specific and clear what we mean when we talk about love. There are many different kinds of expression of love but having a solid living/working definition of love is crucial.
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An obstacle to Deeper Living

As I often write and my friends and clients are all too familiar, I am a huge fan of becoming, journey type of language.  The key here is we don’t ever arrive and each present moment opens to a new present moment, hopefully with each adding a little more light, a little more understanding of…
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I wish I could hate them.

I wish I could hate them. In ways, it would be so much easier. Their violence, racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, xenophobia, greed, exploitation of the poor, the anything-to-win-politics and indiscriminate, consumption of the planet and each other.  I hate the scapegoating, half-truths, spins ... all the bullshit.  I hate the value of winning at all…
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Loving our Lepers

There is an old story about St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226), the founder of the Catholic order known as the Franciscans. The story goes that Francis was revolted by people with leprosy. As you may be aware, leprosy is a horrible and disfiguring disease.  While leprosy is curable today, people did suffer terribly and from…
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Love is… Indiscriminate

Consider a rose.  Can a rose choose who it will share its breath-taking beauty with?  CanIf you judge people, you have no time to love them. ~ Mother Teresa it withhold its captivating fragrance from bad people and share liberally with good people?  The sun shines, and the rain falls on the saints and the…
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Punched, Naked and a Long Walk

People who meet me today are shocked to learn that as a younger man I was a bouncer at a somewhat legendary honky tonk in Calgary, Alberta.  It was a fairly rough place at times, and a night wasn't complete without helping people leave the premises often under duress.  In that position we had two…
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The Humility Substitute

We sat across the table from each other, sipping our coffee. He wasted no time. "Mike, the first time we met I would have told you I had perfect doctrine. I wouldn't have said it that way, but the truth is I thought my doctrine was perfect. For the past 47 years, I have been…
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The Radical Middle. Healthy Faith in a World of Extremes

Driving the backroads of rural Alberta can be an adventure into some of the most lovely country in the world. There is a unique beauty of the Alberta prairie. Driving the gravel roads can be a bit of a trick as different stretches of the road can be different than others - washboards, deeply rutted,…
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Loved into Love

The daily lectionary reading for today included a passage from Galatians 5. It contrasts the works of selfishness (flesh) and that of love (the Spirit). I like the way that Eugene Peterson's The Message renders it: “It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time:…
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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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