All posts tagged: faith

A theology that can take heart now (rather than only later).

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christian / hope / light

“Jesus, who is wisdom incarnate, gives us access to the Creator to reveal hidden things and invites us to seek out our sacred responsibility to perceive God’s unscripted presence here and now,” – Peter Enns. The reality of Jesus offers to us not only an ancient story about the past, but, among other things, it reveals to us what relationship with the unseen Creator-God can look like in the present, as well. As well as […]

God in Real-Time: Why we actually can take heart in a troubled world.

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christian / hope

“We habitually stand in ournow and look back by faith to see the past filled with God.We look forward and see Him inhabiting ourfuture;but ournow is uninhabitedexcept for ourselves.Thus we are guilty of a kind of temporary atheismwhich leaves us alone in the universe while,for the time,God is not.”– A.W Tozer Here I like how Tozer draws attention to how we might be affected by living in our present world (and all of the difficulty […]

Vulnerability vs Authenticity

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mentalhealth / wellbeing

What if, in our relationships with others, instead of being driven by a need to be ‘authentic’ we instead tuned our senses to moments of vulnerability? Sometimes I wonder if we are more concerned about striving to be authentic in the presence of others than we are about allowing ourselves to be vulnerable in the presence of others. And I wonder if we forget there is a difference between the two – that they aren’t […]

Blessed through difference.

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wellbeing / wholeness

“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.” Matt 5:5 MSG I was thinking about how readily we absorb as our own whatever are the social norms that we are surrounded by, and how if we don’t do that mindfully, we run the risk of completely discounting any experience we feel that lands outside. Why does […]

Properties of The Light.

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christian / hope / light / Uncategorized

It’s a strange reality. The notion that Jesus, who is Good, endorsed denying ourselves. At first hearing, that seems not all that good for our becoming – for our flourishing. I think the way that message has been communicated over the years has actually lead to some less than helpful understandings of who God is, and perhaps, of our understanding of who we are, to him. But – to deny ourselves in light of the […]

A counter-standard: Love.

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christian / encouragement / Uncategorized / wholeness

I guess both the wonder and challenge wrapped up within Grace is that we have to accept it isn’t synonymous with our success or hinged upon a favour we only receive in return for doing something exceptionally, or beautifully. In a sense, Grace wills us to move and do and be – even when it knows we will fail. In love, it draws us face to face with the thing that scares us. Or the thing that […]

Un-growing

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christian / encouragement / Uncategorized / wellbeing

“Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” – C. S. Lewis I think there’s this quest as we grow, to also un-grow. Life’s disappointments and discouragements, if we are not careful, shape and colour what we are able to see now. As we grow, the discouragement list grows to a silly amount and I think for some of us (🙋🏼‍♀️) it can become easy to lose sight of the wonder […]

Being here: Bravery and Faith.

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christian / inspirational / Uncategorized / wellbeing

“and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]” Hebrews 13:5-6 AMPC There’s this thing about the present; it forces you […]

The Father was at Home.

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“The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything. When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy […]

Beautifully Scary; keeping company with God.

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christian / encouragement / light / mentalhealth / Uncategorized

“In the presence of God I have the only life I’m ever going to find that’s that beautiful, compelling, true.” – Dan Allender To find yourself in the company of God is, I think, beautifully scary. The truth of our life contrasted with his will undoubtedly reveal our weakness, our struggle. It is only because this contrast occurs in the context of absolute love, rather than shame, that we find a new way to move […]