Recovering From Injury – Rehabilitating the Soul

After my workout at the gym one day, while doing a routine stretching exercise, I heard a snap. Immediately I felt a sharp pain in the back of my leg. I knew instantly I’d pulled my hamstring. Serious? I was being careful! I was doing everything right! How did that happen? I wanted to scream. ...

The Unfinished Places of our Soul

  Eugene Peterson observed, “You know, if there were one other word that could have been used for most translations of ‘salvation,’ it would have been ‘healing.’ ” Interestingly, most often in the New Testament when the Greek verb “sozo” occurs it is translated “saved.” It not only means being rescued from destruction, but also ...

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Why Community Makes A Ton of Sense

I preached a few Sundays ago at Faith on the importance of practicing community. Just like all the other spiritual practices, practicing community, is difficult. Given the messiness (and glory!) of doing life together as broken people, the fears we carry with us, and our hurried lives there must be a more compelling motive other ...

Looking For Something More? A Resource for the New Year!

“We’re aware of Jesus, but we are obsessed with Christianity. We’re stuck on its requirements and we’re defined by its doctrines, caught in an endless struggle to find out where we fit, if we’ve “arrived” yet, and if we’re doing it right. We struggle with sin, and yet, because of the boundaries, we’re forced to ...

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Merry Christmas! May the Weary World Rejoice!

Christ has come near! I was reminded over and over again this Christmas season that when God sent Jesus as our Savior/ Immanuel, he was telling us that our salvation in this world was not in the hope of getting life fixed, but that he was the God who desires to comes to be with us ...

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The Danger of our Distraction

“The great danger facing all of us– let me say it again, for one feels it tremendously—is not that we shall make an absolute failure of life, nor that we shall fall into outright viciousness, nor that we shall be terribly unhappy, nor that we shall feel that life has no meaning at all– not ...

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An Advent Prayer by Henri Nouwen

Lord Jesus, master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas. We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day. We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us. We who are blessed in so ...

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Caring for the Awakened Soul

This is a short, 7 min. video I made for the Women in Ministry Network titled, Sacred Space: Caring for the Awakened Soul. It’s a great snapshot a few of the ways we keep company with Jesus in such a way our hearts are transformed and we experience the abundant life Jesus offers. Check it ...

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It’s not too late to sign up for my free on-line Advent devotional!

Here is a sample of one of the many Advent devotionals, taken from Day 18, that you will find there: Day 18 – Beyond the Rhetoric “I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never—I promise—regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, ...

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Looking for a Free On-Line Advent Devotional?

The season of Advent is quickly approaching! For centuries, Christians prepared their hearts for Christmas through participating in a daily devotion called Advent. The word “Advent” means “coming.” The season of Advent refers to a four-week period leading up to Christmas and marks the beginning of the church calendar. It is seen as a time ...