Tag Archives: love one another

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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A Hell of a Difference

Once upon a time, there lived a woman who wished she could understand the difference between Heaven and Hell.  She petitioned God for such an experience, and one day God came to her in a dream. God said to the woman, “I have heard your prayer, and I am willing to grant your request.  I…
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Confronting my Sacred Violence

As I continue to wrestle with my own violence, and the violence of my tribe, I am aware how I (we) often whitewash our violence with a smile, a bible verse or rationalize our aggression in the name of God (or God causes) as if the end somehow justifies the means. Violence, even sacred violence…
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Loving Others Provides Gifts for the Giver

Love continues to be the foundation of the work I do with IamSignificant.ca and as a spiritual director. Much more potent than a Sunday school sentiment for Children, becoming love is the very essence of the Kingdom of God. I am totally convinced that love changes everything. It is the single biggest longing in the…
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Being Acceptable to God: Holiness in Real Life

One of the greatest pleasures in my life is working with wonderful and diverse people.  It is so incredible to see how the Father works in each life.  Far too often I am afraid when I get to meet some of these folks, it is because they are experiencing some sort of crisis in their…
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Can you Hear Me? The Skill of Listening

Learning to listen well has been a life long challenge for me, and maybe for some of you. Many of us can get caught in defensive listening. Defensive listening is the temptation to listen looking for an error, or to formulate a response or a rebuttal before the person has finished speaking. Sometimes we listen through…
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Are you a Lukewarm Christian?

The city of Laodicea was founded around 260 BC, in the Lycus River valley in what is now Turkey. It was a bustling city known for its great wealth from medicine, textiles/wool, and finance. It was so wealthy that when it suffered a major earthquake in 60 AD, they refused the support of the Empire…
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Oh Father – Our Right of Prayer?

There was a bit of controversy in our small country town.  One of the public elementary school's staff and students have been starting each school day by reciting the Lords Prayer - until the school administration received a letter from a mom describing herself as agnostic,  expressing concern that on two separate occasions, her sons returned home after…
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Growing Up in Christ: Friends not Servants

When my sons were younger, age three or four, it was perfectly reasonable for us as parents to set out their clothing, help them get dressed, cross the street and prepare their dinner plate.   Imagine if my son, the eldest being 21, still waited for mom and dad to set out his clothes, help…
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It Cuts Both Ways

"So, how did you find yourself living in Arizona?" I asked the twenty-something year old during a recent visit to the United States.   She took a deep breath and told me that she and her family are Muslim and lived in Bosnia during the war which saw the country torn apart by terrible conflict…
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