I read it every time I sat in what I call my worry chair. A former girlfriend of mine was an artist who gave us a scripture written in calligraphy. She hand-painted it and gave it to us as a wedding gift.
The calligraphy was hung on a narrow portion of the wall of our first home next to the front door. It hung directly across from my worry chair but I had to look up a bit to read it.
Not long after we got married, the construction job I had ended, and I remained unemployed for several months…
I think mystics get a bad rap in Christian circles. Not all the time, but they tend to be seen as on the fringe. Maybe they are, but then again, maybe not.
Most people don’t take mystics seriously, because mystics don’t seem to take life seriously. They seem different and disengaged from the normal pace of life. That’s why we see them as mystics.
But I think mystics are more plugged in than we think.
Mystics can be mindful in a practical way.
As a culture, whether the US or the western world in general, we prize people who are…
I remember this cover of a Time magazine with a beautiful young blonde woman dressed in white with her eyes closed and a blissful smile on her face. The image, set against a powder blue backdrop, shows her hair blown back by some gentle breeze.
The cover title for this issue was The Mindful Revolution. The article tied to the cover is The Art of Being Mindful.
“Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be the sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped tightly in cloth and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:11–12, CSB)
This saying, printed on a small window banner, was part of our Christmas decor as a young family. After all, this simple expression is an important but too often overlooked statement of truth during the Christmas season.
Over the years, we’ve had variations of this sign declaring why our family celebrates Christmas.
How do we not lose hope with so much evil, injustice, and uncertainty in the world around us?
How does a person not become cynical or grow weary of life itself, when surrounded with such caustic and toxic social unrest and divisiveness?
Virtues like honesty and integrity are nice but boring, at least our American pop culture values seem to declare this.
Ever notice how the feel-good stories come at the end of a broadcast? It’s not an afterthought, it’s about priorities.
The news media feed off scandals and scares, as do we who watch it. The simple truth is — good news doesn’t sell. It’s nice to hear but gossip, rumor, and scandal win out over heart-warming stories.
Remember the “got milk?” commercials and posters? They were part of an ad campaign to sell more milk using clever and humorous approaches…
Foreboding and hysteria continue to take center stage across the news and social media, especially when the president was admitted to the Walter Reed Medical Center.
Each presidential candidate, their running mates, and party surrogates say this is the most important election in American history. But aren’t they all?
It doesn’t matter which political party you side with or which cable news service you prefer, all sorts of exaggerated claims are made.
Most of these exaggerated claims are unsubstantiated or extreme extrapolations of possible outcomes based on either “x” or “y” being elected.
Most of my best learning experiences have been by accident rather than intention. I’ve stumbled and struggled my way into some of the most valuable things I’ve learned.
I’m more intuitive than intentional in my learning process. I see learning as a developmental process more than acquiring knowledge or wisdom.
Are you more of an intentional or intuitive learner and thinker?
Do things come easy for you or are you more of a learner-by-doing person?
I guess I envy those who are more intentional thinkers and learners. They seem to understand things easier than me.
I always seem to struggle…
“You’ll know a good thing when you see it,” goes a common saying. But it’s also true that things are not always as they seem.
As far as good things, another common saying is — If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
I often hear people repeat cliches and platitudes like these as if they carry great significance. They don’t.
When something is spoken over and over again, it begins to lose its original meaning and value.
The same goes for wanting or wishing for something better or more than what we already have. …
Scrolling through my Facebook feed, I came across a post titled, “Another worship leader loses his faith.”
At first, I dismissed it as another former believer disenchanted with the church or Christianity in general. I’ve seen many similar posts in other places across social media.
But this was posted by a good friend who added a note of encouragement.
So, I took the time to listen and watch a conversation between a former worship leader and a Christian apologist. I’m glad I did.
I’m glad I took the time to listen to the conversation.
The conversation was posted on YouTube…