Tag Archives: discipleship

Excavating Your True Self

There’s a lot of mystery and often a lot of confusion when we start to speak about one's “True Self.” Depending upon your religious background, this can be relatively normal, completely bizarre and for some quite dubious. However, in the sense of healthy Christian faith, the pursuit of the authentic self is simply discovering and…
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Pastors: Stop the Cloning! – Discipleship

Have you ever experienced a situation where someone, in the name of Jesus, tried to fashion you into their own image of Jesus? As well-meaning leaders we want to help others mature in faith, help them grow in Christ-likeness. Unfortunately, we can sometimes have a narrow idea of what this Christ-likeness looks like, and often…
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My God, my God why have you forsaken me?

I have been reflecting the Gospel accounts of our Lord hanging on the Roman tree, and I am gripped by the sheer terror of the event. As Jesus hung there in great anguish, He cried out “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” (My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?) (Mt.27:46) For a long time, I…
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Don’t Mind the Mess. Jesus Doesn’t.

I had an aunt who was a neat freak.  There's no other way to put, and she would agree, if through gritted teeth and tight-lipped smile.  I have a memory of visiting her home and my wife-to-be mistakenly walking into the freshly vacuumed family room.  My aunt shrieked with panic as my betrothed's socked foot…
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Is Spiritual Direction for you? – Learning to Live Deeply

For centuries, people have spent life-times on the journey of discovery. Exploring what it is to be human, to discover meaning, purpose, peace and a deep sense of self and their place in the universe. This exploration has often included thoughts and experiences of God and our relationship to God within our life and beyond.…
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Hypocrites: Always room for one more!

Is the Church full of hypocrites? I hear it often. It seems like an auto-response for many when describing the Church;  "the Church is full of hypocrites."  I usually end up smiling as I remember an old friend when faced with the same response. He would smile and warmly reply "Yes! And there is always…
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Being Fully Alive & The Glory of God

"Gloria Dei vivens homo” proclaimed St. Irenaeus, the second century Bishop of Lyons. It translates generously to “the glory of God is men and women who are truly alive.” He, with great enthusiasm, declares that God is glorified by people like you and me who are fully alive human beings – fully enlivened by divine love…
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Climbing the Ladder of Real Success

Self-help is all the rage these days. One can assume that the voracious appetite for this kind of material serves to illustrate the perceived need of folks who are working very hard to be better, to improve with a goal to be more successful, and more fulfilled and happy. I can certainly understand this desire.…
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Why Hate the Sin and Love the Sinner Doesn’t Work

It surprises many to learn that the phrase hate the sin and love the sinner is not in the Bible. This idea seems to have originated with St. Augustine (c.424) in one of his letters when he used the phrase "Cum dilectione hominum et odio vitiorum" that translates as "with love for mankind and hatred…
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The Word that Lives

Once upon a time there was a faithful man named Philip.  Philip loved God very much and spent his life serving and sharing the “Good News” in the foreign country of Zamzam.   Zamzam was a lovely place, and the people were even more lovely.   Philip spent many years traveling all over Zamzam telling…
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