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Masks

Posted on March 11, 2015

Masks. We all wear them. We wear them to cover up blemishes, brokenness, shame, guilt, etc. We wear them throughout the week and if you go to church, especially on Sundays. You know the look, “I’ve got this all together and am quite successfully managing all of the various emotional, spiritual, social, and relational balls that are currently in the air all around me at this moment thank-you-very-much.” Oh the masks we wear.

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The Hard Work of Prayer

Posted on March 5, 2015

And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.         (Luke 22:44)

Prayer is the hard work of spiritual growth. We cannot expect to grow in relationship with another if we rarely talk to him or her. Even when we don’t feel like putting in the effort, we know we must if we value the relationship or want to see it grow. Our relationship with God is no different. Prayer is a way in which we strengthen our relationship with God, even when we don’t feel like praying. Prayer is hard work.

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Numbers Matter

Posted on March 3, 2015

Numbers represent people. God cares deeply about people. To suggest numbers don’t matter is silly at one end and a dangerous form of denial on the other. We have made a “personal” relationship with Christ so personal and so subjective that we have few quantitative ways to measure growth within the Church other than numbers.

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More Than Drops

I will make them and the places surrounding my hill a blessing. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing. (Ezekiel 34:26)

I don’t use the word blessings very often. It’s not that I don’t believe in blessings or that I haven’t been blessed in many ways, it’s just a word I don’t use. If I’m honest, the main reason I don’t use the word blessing(s) very often is because it feels spiritually loaded.

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Wesley’s Fast

Fasting has never been a spiritual discipline I’ve been very good at practicing. The times I have fasted haven’t been without meaning but haven’t moved me as much spiritually as I would have expected. Honestly, one of the biggest takeaways I’ve had after each time of fasting has been the amount of time I think about food. I don’t think I’m obsessed with food, (or perhaps I am and don’t realize it) but I did realize I think about what I’m going to eat, want to eat, should eat, shouldn’t eat, what kind of snack I want while I sit at my desk, etc. a lot.

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The Season of Lent

Lent. The Latin version (Quadragesima) means forty, as in the number of days Jesus spent in the wilderness fasting before beginning his public ministry. The English version (Lent) initially meant “spring” and also conveys the idea of long, as in the days getting longer in the Spring. Whether you find yourself “giving something up” or “taking something on” for Lent, it is a season which holds the potential for significant spiritual renewal and growth.

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The Poverty of Language

I’ve always dreamt about being fluent in Spanish. Unfortunately, I’m not. Not even close. I know enough to survive but that’s about it. My M.Div. work forced me to spend time with Greek and Hebrew. Those are different things altogether. So basically I’m left with my native tongue of English and the struggles that come along with it.

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A New Year

Posted on January 8, 2015

Happy New Year! I know it’s a few days late but I feel like my new year just “officially” started yesterday. It was the first day back in my office after: a hybrid paternity leave for the birth of our third child Cecil, the Advent season, and holiday busyness/fun with family. I’m excited to see what’s in store for 2015 and thought I’d share some of those things as well as a few of my goals for the new year and “word” for the year.

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