Tag: faith

I’ve Never Been This Way Before

Like you I am a bit giddy at the prospect of beginning again. I look forward to the freshness and possibilities that the New Year offers. There is something about being given a clean slate…a do-over or “reboot” in our lives. Unlike many of you I’ve not yet set any goals. Much of what is ...

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Embodying our Faith

“The spiritual life if first of all a life. It is not merely something to be known and studied. It is to be lived.” Thomas Merton I often remind the groups of women I mentor that the strength of our group and the basis of our own transformation is in living out our faith. Our ...

A Theology Compatible with Suffering

Let me say right up front….I am not a theologian. I don’t have the smarts to even enter the ring with those who are. But…It seems to me that a lot of people hold to a theology of God that is not compatible with suffering. It is not compatible with the wounds and pain we ...

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Releasing the Old

In his book, When God Interrupts: Finding New Life Through Unwanted Change, Craig Barnes writes, “It is impossible to follow Jesus and not be led away from something. That journey away from the former place and toward the new place is what converts us. Conversion is not simply the acceptance of a theological formula for ...

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Living Beyond Our Fears

There is much in the world to make us afraid.  There is much more in our faith to make us unafraid.  ~Frederick W. Cropp Fear expresses itself differently in each person.  We are fearful about different things. But always…fear will keep you from receiving all that God has for you. Fear causes us to live ...

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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 ...