Tag Archives: faith in real life

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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Friendly Fire

One of my struggles has always been feeling like I am misunderstood.  As such, I had developed a propensity to over-explain to in effort to reduce being misunderstood. I have worked over the years to reduce the need to over-explain and I’m making good progress. But sometimes there’s a snag. Sometimes the odd person, often…
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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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Finding Community along the Beautiful Way

For at least the last decade many have been sensing a new reformation taking shape. It started to be a fairly broad critique of what manifests as institutional forms of church and the nature of its structures. Much has been written on this issue and we have seem a steady exodus from western institutional forms of church regardless of stripe.
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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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When we Experience Grief

All Grief Is Experienced at 100% Remembering that grief is the normal and natural response to a loss of any kind and that no two people experience loss the same way - All grief is experienced at 100%.  This doesn’t mean that all grief is experienced at the same level of emotional intensity.  We experience…
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Two Parades. The Lie of Sacred Violence

It was the beginning of Passover as Jesus and his friends headed to Jerusalem for the to celebrate Israel's liberation from Egypt.  Word spread that He was on His way to the city. People ran out to meet this Jesus who was taking the land by storm, with his radical teachings of love; turning the…
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Sanitized for your Convenience?

[I have shared this article a couple of years now.  It touches folks, and want to share it again this year.] I am excited for the lead up to Christmas this year.  I am looking forward to our family gathering together and visiting with friends.  As we are in Advent the Lord has been meeting me…
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Potty Mouth Prayer

Is there a place for using a potty-mouth in prayer?  You know, profanity, swearing. In a moment of angst, and no other word will do, is it okay for followers of Jesus to let fly with the nasty four-letter words? Never? Maybe?  Depends on the word? As long as you conjugate them properly?  What’s your…
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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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