Contentment - Take in the View

Apr 03, 2019

I have been living in my home for about 20 years, and, I am embarrassed to say, I have been disgruntled with it for most of that time. My complaints have been many. It has always felt too small. The style is that of a lifeless 70s tract home. When we first moved in, it had white walls and gray carpet. Boring. I disliked the walls, the carpet, the finishes, everything. There was no charm and no personality.

At times, I will sit on the deck outside of our upstairs master bedroom....

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Trusting Abundance

Mar 27, 2019

What is your heart’s image of God? Do you imagine God distant or near, skimping or lavish, aloof or intimate?

I read these lines from the psalms recently and they helped shape my imagination of the God who is always with me:

They feast on the abundance of your house;
you give them drink from your river of delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.
Psalm 36:8-9

“They” is simply all people who seek God. God is at home with abundance. We are...

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Wisdom: Living in Touch with Reality

Mar 13, 2019

I tend to be hypervigilant when it comes to trying to stay safe or making sure I have what I need. I tend to think ahead about possible bad scenarios that might arise, and what I’ll do if they do arise. I’m probably not the only one who does this.

So when I read the first three words of this little passage from Paul, it struck that place in me:

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are...

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What’s the Payoff: Engage in the Things that Matter

Mar 06, 2019

Transformation. I’m not sure why, but I am completely enamored with this topic. There is just something about process and the ability to change over time. Especially intriguing is the mystery of how God is the one who initiates and we cooperate with it all.

I facilitated an Enneagram workshop last week and I mentioned that even if you walked away from the Enneagram today and never looked at it again, you would be ok. But, I said, there’s a bit if here. IF you continued to be a...

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Lent: Exhaling Hurry, Inhaling Grace

Feb 13, 2019

Last week, I talked about a growing community of friends who will be joining Gem and me for An Unhurried Lent. We’ll begin three weeks from today on March 6, Ash Wednesday.

So, again, why Lent? What’s the big deal? Some resist practices like Lent and other similar ones for fear that we’ll think we’re earning something from God rather than continuing to acknowledge that our salvation is rooted in freely-given grace and not in our own works of earning favor.

Spiritual...

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Podcast: Preparing for an Unhurried Lent

Feb 11, 2019

In less than a month we enter the season of Lent. We invite you to enter this season with us as we prepare for An Unhurried Lent, living faithfully in our following of Jesus.

Today on the podcast we’ll talk a little about Lent in general, then we’ll unpack the more specific idea of An Unhurried Lent.

The goal of this journey together is to live more faithfully into our following of Jesus. It involves saying the right “Yeses” and the right “Noes.” In a...

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Practicing an Unhurried Lent

Feb 06, 2019

The practice of Lent has become a place of grace for me over the last number of years. Some feel that Lent is a failure to recognize that our salvation is rooted in grace. But Lent isn’t about earning favor. It’s actually about recognizing the habits in our lives that keep us from the free grace God is always offering. Lent makes space for the reception of grace.

Simply put, Lent is the period of six weeks (not including Sundays) leading up to Easter. It starts on Ash Wednesday...

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Ash Wednesday: The Gift of Lent

Feb 14, 2018

Today is Ash Wednesday. It's the first day of Lent. For years, that would have been completely lost on me. “What in the world is Ash Wednesday?” Most Baptists like me back in the day would have seen it as a “them” practice. Definitely not for “us.”

But now I am an Anglican. Next month, Lord willing, I’ll complete my ordination process and become an Anglican priest in the Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others under Bishop Todd Hunter. This has...

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