Grief & Lament

My friend, Stan Friedman, the editor for our church denomination’s new-service joking has called himself over the last week, “The Apocalyptic Reporter!” It does seems like there is a lot of tragedy and heartbreaking news these days. One of my adult aha’s is coming to learn more about lament and grief. I still am not good at it but I’m probably less troubled by it than in my earlier years. I still hate pain and confronting my shortcomings–or the…

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Hiking Is a Bit Like Life

“Hiking is a bit like life: The journey only requires you to put one foot in front of the other…again and again and again. And if you allow yourself the opportunity to be present throughout the entirety of the trek, you will witness beauty every step of the way, not just at the summit” Unknown  Photos are from my most recent journey into the woods with several of my RezBro friends on the Lakeshore Trail adjacent to Lake Chelan.

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What is Visio Divina?

“Jesus came to drive a wedge in the status quo and create spaces where new life can happen,” says John Perkins. Our personal lives, the zip codes where we receive our mail and shop for groceries, and the globe we inhabit seem to be spinning out of control. How can we create spaces where the status quo can be exchanged for this new life? Visio Divina is a practice of seeing, and praying with images or other media. I’ve used photography…

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What is Worldly Holiness?

This is the synopsis of my dissertation which I completed in 2007 and the fodder for a book I’m working on called, “Confessions of a Recovering Evangelical.” These ideas have been seminal for me for nearly 15 years in my post graduate studies and ministry of peacemaking and serving as a pastor. I welcome your thoughts and questions in the comments section below. Thanks kindly, Andy   Final Project Dissertation Proposal Worldly Holiness: Recovering a Missional Spirituality for Our…

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Finding Peace

“After many years of great mercy, after tasting of the powers of the world to come, we still are so weak, so foolish; but, oh! when we get away from self to God, there all is truth and purity and holiness, and our heart finds peace, wisdom, completeness, delight, joy, victory.” Charles Spurgeon #mercy#morninglory #flower #holy #holiness #purity #peace #joy #fruitofthespirit

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