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Voting for Jesus

Confession time. Sometimes a situation arises and my brain kicks into problem-solving mode. Occasionally that can be positive. I’m learning more and more that when the “something that happens” is a person, seeing them as a problem to solve is a mindset I need to give up.

Relationship versus Efficiency

Liz and I returned last week from a conference near London. One of my goals, when I go to a conference, is to come away with some good book recommendations. And I got a few...

5 Easy Steps to Master any Skill…

…okay, not really. Experts make me nervous. Not people who have reached a level of expertise in their field, but more those who have written a book, or built a large church or ministry and...

Day 1 -Soul Care Retreat

We ended the first night looking at Philippians 4. One of my first thoughts was ‘think how different you facebook feed would look if people took that whole chapter seriously. Or even just these 3...

Prepping for Sabbath

One of the biggest adjustments we had to make to begin practising Sabbath was preparing. That has always felt harder than it should have been. Probably because I hate running errands. I'll drive by a shop, think of something we know we will need at home soon, and decide I don't feel like stopping. So later, when the thing I need is finally gone, I'll make the extra trip. It would have been easier to get it before I needed it, but that isn't how I've done things.

Stumbling Over Sabbath

Last week Elizabeth and I began reading the book The Sabbath Experiment, by Rob Muthiah (that is an affiliate link and you can pick up the Kindle Edition for $3.99 currently). We’ve been practicing Sabbath for a few years now, but began to feel like we needed to revisit the purpose of Sabbath, and just as important, how to practice it in a way that is honouring to God, and life-giving to us.

Hero’s Journey : Jerry and Christy Shannon

Over the past couple of days I’ve written about the hero’s journey. I wrote over here a bit of a summary of that journey , and then here about the cost of making judgements about people who are in the midst of chapter 2.

5 Costly Mistakes of Judging Those Who Suffer

Who sinned, this man or his parents? You may remember the story. Jesus and his disciples are walking along and see a man who was blind. In fact he had been blind from birth. So they ask Jesus “Whose fault is it that this person is blind?” “Did his parents do something that caused him to be born without sight, or did he, somehow, do something that brought this about?”

Peeking at the Last Page

The Hero’s Journey seems to keep coming up for me lately. Although I’ve been aware of the idea of put forth by Joseph Campbell, it has come up at least 3 times in the past...