Health/recovery

len on December 14th, 2016

A friend of mine has begun to attend a small new church plant, led by a young man who has been ordained through an independent and charismatic revivalist network. This young man, and a few other speakers that have visited the church plant, have talked about God’s divine judgment upon individuals who are not in […]

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len on July 20th, 2016

And so empires of ideas, as well as empires of wealth and power, come and go. To live well is to observe in today’s apparent order the tiny anomalies that are the seeds of change, the harbingers of the order of tomorrow. This means living in a state of a certain insecurity, in anguish and […]

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len on November 21st, 2015

“I think we have all learned by the middle of life that people do not change easily. We try to change others, we try to change ourselves, we try to improve situations by better communication methods, various coercive means and sincere prayer, but, dang it, most of us are just like we used to be. […]

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len on May 4th, 2015

Jesus says, “Make your home in me, as I make mine in you.” (John 15:4, MSG) Henri Nouwen writes that everyone lives in one of two houses: the house of fear or the house of love. Many who follow Jesus still live in the house of fear; many who don’t claim to follow him live […]

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len on March 5th, 2014

Back to Myers-Briggs again. Like all tools and frames of reference, it has its limits. But the light it can shed can be very illumination. Check out this chart from an old volume by M. Robert Mulholland, Jr. I was particularly intrigued at the differences between the classic introvert and the extrovert. Check out the […]

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len on February 7th, 2014

At OnFaith they write about the simplistic (cliches?) we too often use that scare off our young adults. It’s an honest and helpful discussion, and I am going to load it up with my own reflections. What else is a blog for? “The Bible clearly says…” We are the first generation to grow up in […]

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len on November 1st, 2013

“Spiritual Direction and the Care of Souls,” is the title edited by Gary Moon and David Benner. The subtitle is “a guide to Christian approaches and practices.” The book is published by IVP Academic and looks quite excellent. Chapter listing is as follows: Part I The Seven Major Traditions of Christian Spirituality 1. Sp Direction […]

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len on October 14th, 2013

Paul Fromont points to a TED talk by photographer Louie Schwartzberg. Schwartzberg introduces a film project he’s working on by means of a wonderful short film narrated by Benedictine monk David Steindl-Rast, author of Gratefulness: The Heart of Prayer, a profound book that that has touched many. “This moving gift book truly stirs gratitude for […]

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len on September 20th, 2013

How do you know if a church is healthy? These eight questions come from the book: Recovering from Churches That Abuse, by Ronald Enroth (Zondervan, 1994) 1. Does a member’s personality generally become stronger, happier, more confident as a result of contact with the group? In an abusive church, the use of guilt, fear, and […]

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len on September 1st, 2013

In Becoming Human Jean Vanier writes, “As humans we crave belonging, we need the connectedness to others that brings security, but this connectedness can prevent the natural movement and evolution that we need in our lives. It can also get in the way of creativity and stifle the natural loneliness that pushes us to discover […]

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