All posts tagged: philosophy

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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“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 […]

Left with peace, not alone.

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Jesus to his disciples ahead of his crucifixion:  “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:18 I’ve been thinking about Easter Sunday.  And how like, I want to make sure I don’t lose sight of the warmth of the Easter-Sunday, Jesus-qualified hope of not being left alone. I want to make sure that in the aftermath of the Good-Friday death of the King – the King I’ve come to […]

Unity in Community: Space for the unusual.

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challenge / mentalhealth / wellbeing

“If I get to be me, I belong. If I have to be like you, I fit in.”  – Brené Brown It’s pretty easy to absorb as true whatever are the social norms we are surrounded by. But when we do that thoughtlessly, we run the risk of discarding any experience or knowledge we feel and/or hold that lands outside of said social norms. What we want, though, in the communities of which we are […]

Generativity: It takes two.

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inspiration / life / light / Uncategorized

For those of us who enjoy writing, I think when we write something without our voice being allowed to lace its message, it’s missing something important. When our voice weaves throughout the bones of its body, it gives the message character and quirk and style, and perhaps more importantly, the conviction that comes from allowing ourselves to care and have an opinion. I think for the first couple years of my degree, I noticed my […]

Pace

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christian / encouragement / inspiration / Uncategorized

In a gym class you might have a number of people who are stronger than you;  they can push themselves harder and further.  It might offer some helpful motivation to grow, But if you use them as your gauge for where you should be here and now, you might be able maintain it for a few minutes.. But then you’ll likely find yourself dropping off. Tired to an extent that doesn’t match what’s healthy for […]

P.S It mightn’t always be about walking on water.

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A few years ago, I spoke to a wise person about fear, but shortly after explaining it, I rushed to say, as any good Christian would, that, like Peter, I was well aware that despite this fear, I had to get out of the boat, always. That’s how one walks on water, after all. For me, to stay in the boat, felt very, very wrong. Because, it meant that I wasn’t responding to Jesus’ call, […]

Human

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I think it was their ability to create new life again after they lost some pieces of it. There were tragic stories of loss in just about every story; family members, friends, money, health, dignity, voice, language, heritage. And yet, In the face of each, perhaps even more deeply embedded, was a stubborn heartbeat that, without even trying drove these people towards creating new life. It’s not that the messages endorsed denying the pain of […]

Direction.

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Standing in the middle Where east meets west, And north meets south The sun shines down warm in this spot And the breeze is quiet and cool, Patiently waiting, circling the soul that has, for whatever reason, Found itself paused in the middle. Whether for weariness or fear Or for grief or disappointment, Or some other such thing. The calm of the middle will always be here, encircling, warming, holding, until the breath has found […]

How do we respond?

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  The more I explore mental health in my counselling training, the more I see an issue not with the people who are struggling with stuff (which is most of us at some point) but rather, how the ones who these people are surrounded by (which I think also is most of us), respond to the ones who are struggling. What is the nature of the discussions being had of people struggling some way in […]