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Sabbath – Sinking Deep

 “Because we do not rest, we lose our way.” Wayne Muller, in Sabbath. Some thoughts on Sabbath…by F. Bernies When there is a storm at sea, those who are caught in it have their hands full. They concentrate on nothing else but the exhausting task of staying afloat in the midst of gale force winds and ...

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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 ...