Tag Archives: wholeness

Being More or Doing More?

The wrestle with the dichotomy of being and doing comes from the emptiness that often accompanies doing religious things out of religious obligation. The idea that we have to do things for God for love, acceptance, duty, forgiveness. For many Christians this thinking sets us up for spiritual burnout. Many pastors burn out because they…
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Apocalyptic: Godzilla & the Kingdom of God

[I wrote this article a few years ago and I am re-posting it for our members.  The turmoil in financial markets, weird weather and other environmental events serve to stoke the fire of anxiety and stimulate an increased appetite for end-times musings.  It is important that we keep our eyes focused on Jesus and the…
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Wholeness: Faith in Real Life

I appreciate what Rohr has to say in the quote below.  I believe it is important that our spirituality, our faith life, is fully grounded in the here and now, in the concrete of our real life.  Healthy Christian spirituality brings wholeness - we are created as physical, concrete beings who are also at the…
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When a Sparrow Falls – An Allegory of Failure & Hope

Not even a sparrow, worth only half a penny, can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. Mt 10:29 Once upon a time a Momma bird hatched new baby sparrows. One sparrow was bigger and stronger than the other sparrows of the nest. With time, he grew faster, grew grander than his nest…
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SEX SCANDAL: Healthy Boundaries for Healthy Leaders & Communities

I was alarmed to hear of another church leader struggling with his sexuality.  The leader is a young married man working with youth.  I was made aware of the situation through someone I work with who is processing some of the thoughts and feelings around her sister being manipulated and inappropriately touched by this leader. …
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What Forgiveness can mean to You

Forgiveness is more than just forgiving because we think "it is the right thing to do" but because in choosing to forgive those who have hurt us we are taking a step toward peace with ourselves and thus towards a deep profound sense of freedom. Forgiveness doesn't mean we simply 'forget' what happened or that…
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I’m a Little Cracked Pot…

Nothing like a little stress to bring things to the surface of my life that I need to deal with. You know... the not so nice things that you would rather not deal with. Take'em to the backyard, dig a deep hole and bury 'em. Out of sight out of mind! Not quite! I really…
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