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Fellowship of the Broken

Interesting.  My blog is infantile, by any standard of measure, but there is one post that has been viewed overwhelmingly over the rest.  It was the post on Woundedness.  What that tells me is…we are all wounded people. None of us is immune to pain whether self-inflicted or at the hands of others. We all ...

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My Spiritual Journey

The Christian ideal, for the most of my Christian experience, has been held out as a state or place to be achieved. “Fully devoted follower” loomed as an elusive, if not unreachable,  Promised Land.  Not that this is a bad goal but the unspoken assumption was its fulfillment rested on my ability to achieve it.  ...

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Imperceptible Strength

  Before I pulled my calf muscle yesterday, I had started back at working out after, as I said, a three year hiatus. (I went back to school fulltime and got a job….to help pay for the schooling.)  Until that time, however, I had routinely worked out for eleven years, 5-6 days a week.  That’s ...

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Woundedness

So I just got back from my New Year’s resolution trip to the gym. Or should I say, “hobbled” back. In the first five minutes of Zumba, technically the “warm up” portion of the class, I heard and felt something “snap” in my left calf. Not good I thought. Then came the searing pain. Sauntering ...

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A Season of New Beginnings

Here’s an article by one of my favorite authors, Ruth Haley Barton.  As we enter the New Year with the opportunity to begin again, her words invite us to seek and find new ways to open ourselves to God’s presence. Epiphany: A New Kind of Journey Posted on January 5th, 2011 by Ruth Haley Barton ...

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Consumerism vs. Discipleship

Today’s post is a blog by Tim Morey*.  It’s a challenging message to the consumer mentality that has subtly invaded the Church. Take time today to honestly ponder the questions posed at the end.  What better way to start the New Year than an exercise in self examination.  Tim writes: A friend put this manger ...

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Salvation – More Than an Event

Our understanding of living in the kingdom of God necessitates we look at our often narrow understanding of salvation.  When salvation is thought of only in term of a past experience and a one-time moment of “decision” we make, salvation gets cut off from life in the present. Do not misunderstand me, there is a ...

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The Attentive Life

“The secret of waiting is the faith that the seed has been planted, that something has begun.  Active waiting means to be fully present to the moment, in the conviction that something is happening where you are and that you want to be present to it.  A waiting person is someone who is present to ...

Christmas – The Initiative of God

“When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son….” Gal. 4:4 “God comes to us like the sun in the morning…when it is time. We must assume an attitude of waiting, accepting the fact that we are creatures and not the creator. We must do this because it is not our right to ...

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An Interrupted Life

God’s grace comes often in severe ways to open our eyes to a greater reality that we have yet experienced. Our part is to be open to it and let it transform us. In speaking about Mary the mother of Jesus, Craig Barnes writes, “God has interrupted our ordinary expectations, as cherished as they were, ...