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Mean Christians

A man recently went into a bookstore and asked the manager what most popular books are these days. The most popular he said were books about how to get rich in the new information economy. No big surprise. The second most popular, the manager said, were books about spirituality, and in particular, books on Buddhism. ...

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A Tool for Formation at Faith

Embrace. Discover. Wonder. Desire. Intentional. Encounter. Experience. Awaken. Train. These are some words that describe the dynamic process of spiritual growth. In continuing our spiritual formation ministry strategy at Faith, we recognized the need for a comprehensive “pathway” for groups and individuals to follow in keeping with our 5 Environemnts for Transformtion. We envisioned a ...

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On Death and Dying

“When we sit with a dying person, we gain two critical insights into what it means to “be alone together.” First, we realize that we must abandon the arrogance that often distorts our relationship—the arrogance of believing that we have the answer to the other person’s problem. When we sit with a dying person, we ...

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A Spiritual Audit

A new year has come and for most of us it’s a new beginning. Who doesn’t love the opportunity to begin again? There is the feeling of a fresh start and new resolve that things will be different than last year. This is typically when we start the diet we’ve put off for so long ...

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On Worship

“If the Christian life has become the path of ease and fun in the modern West, then corporate worship is the place of increasing entertainment. The problem is not a battle between contemporary worship music and hymns; the problem is that there aren’t enough martyrs during the week. If no soldiers are perishing, what you ...

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Living in the Kingdom

In my ladies’ life group we are journeying reflectively through the Book of Luke together. We are only in chapter four and it has proven to be a vast , expansive, and rich narrative of God’s story. (The story of Simeon in chapter three still impacts me as a powerful description of a with-God life.) ...

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The Contented Life

 The Contented Life* Flying on a plane is one of my favorite things to do. I realize it would get old after a while, but I fly just enough to keep it exciting. That’s why I was excited about my up-coming flight to Phoenix. The suitcases, the ticket counters, the take off, the view, the ...

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The Muddle of Life

I have a confession….I don’t much like TV preachers. They typically proclaim a gospel that is neat and tidy where we are in control of God with our slick formulas. If you do this…God will have to do this. We are not only encouraged, but pushed into believing if you are not living victoriously, (by ...

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Reckless Wonder

I continue my thoughts on wonder as I came across Isaiah 55 this morning: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,        neither are your ways my ways,”        declares the LORD.   “As the heavens are higher than the earth,        so are my ways higher than your ways        and my thoughts than ...

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A Thousand Surrenders

“The gospel is not as much about worthiness as it is about surrender.  What God wants from us is not a million acts of virtue, but a million acts of surrender.” Ron Rolheiser If we were in control of our spirituality it would certainly be about our self-reliant ability to tweak our behavior, through gathering ...