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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Avoiding Burnout & the Examen Prayer: Help for Overachievers

Last summer on a hike with several friends we stepped into the danger zone of heat exhaustion. We could have well reached a very risky point of no return, on a trail in Glacier National Park with no immediate exit except to return over the trail we just traversed for several hours, back through the hottest conditions that put us on the precipice we were currently on–exposure to the sun without any water source. Mayo clinic helps describe the severity…

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Prayer: Bending God to My Requests. Really?

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” ― Søren Kierkegaard Too often my prayer life appears more like the toddler asking a parent, or perhaps a grandparent (knowing a request will more likely be granted) for some favorite piece of candy. Prayer boils down to making a list of demands of God. We want certain things, demanding time certain delivery. Now. We ask with urgent appeals,…

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12 Habits

“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? How can we engage our world as ambassadors of healing, wholeness and good news?  …

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