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  • Blog | Conversations Journal - Part 10
    then I choose a water only fast sometimes incorporating hot tea for when you fast you are more sensitive to the cold Read More Post a comment 0 A Crash Course in Fasting By Robert Rife March 3 2014 in Fasting In April 2010 I pulled a Humpty Dumpty falling close to twenty five feet off a scaffold and landing on a cement floor I broke my pelvis shattered my left arm and sustained both cranial and spinal injuries Thankfully all the king s horses and all the king s men had hands adept at putting me back together again and a shell of a man became a man without a shell The nice thing is that I ve seen no residual mental damage The nice thing is that I ve seen no residual oh sorry Read More Post a comment 12 Joyful Trust to Astounding Behavior By Jan Johnson February 27 2014 in Church Transformation Recent studies of the brain tell us that it operates best when we re in a joyful state That made me think of Jesus walking through the betrayal arrest and crucifixion who for the joy set before him endured the cross scorning its shame Heb 12 2 How did Jesus move through these events with any kind of joy Read More Post a comment 1 What transformation By Larry Warner February 13 2014 in Church Transformation Fifteen plus years ago when I was introduced to the rich components of what we now commonly refer to as Spiritual Formation I was extremely excited about the transformation it would bring to the Church Yet as I scan the current landscape I must admit I am can be a bit disheartened I know that there are people receiving spiritual direction going on retreats diving head first into practices of silence solitude and other ancient Christian pathways that bring challenge and renewal There are wonderful opportunities for pastors and leaders to attend 1 2 year long spiritual formation journey s that expose them to life giving and transforming practices there is no end of books on the topic there are spiritual direction programs that are training individuals by the 1 000 s there are seminaries providing MA and MDiv degrees in spiritual formation and there are many seminaries even mandating all those going through their institutions to take classes on spiritual formation so that their hearts and heads may be impacted by the gospel I am extremely encouraged by those pieces but I currently do not see a corresponding transformative change within the Church Read More Post a comment 0 Embrace the People of God If you Dare By Robert Rife February 11 2014 in Church Transformation October 1981 I was eighteen years old and a touring musician I was 60 pounds overweight but spiritually malnourished and a two pack a day smoker I spent most of my time with people like me living lives of pretend happy inebriated make believe I was surrounded by faces But I

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  • Blog | Conversations Journal - Part 20
    He d worked as hard as anybody of the disciple band to usher in the kingdom Read More Post a comment 1 Proverbs 3 5 6 Trust in the Lord By Alan Fadling February 15 2013 in Lent One of the fruits of Lenten observance for me has been to expose the practical realities of who or what I am trusting A familiar passage helped me recently to reflect on this for this year s Lenten journey Proverbs 3 5 6 NLT Trust in the LORD with all your heart do not depend on your own understanding Seek his will in all you do And he will show you which path to take Read More Post a comment 1 Burying My Alleluia By Michelle Van Loon February 12 2013 in Lent At church the Sunday prior to Ash Wednesday the Rector told us that this would be the last time we d be saying the word Alleluia in any form as a congregation until Easter He explained that this was another form of Lenten fasting I did a little research as this custom was unfamiliar to me I learned that many liturgical traditions buried the alleluia in some form during Lent http www elca org Growing In Faith Worship Learning Center FAQs Alleluias During Lent aspx http www canticanova com articles misc art7t1 htm http dsjliturgy blogspot com 2005 01 burying alleluia html Read More Post a comment 0 Lamenting Lent By Valerie Hess February 7 2013 in Blog Lent I suspect some Christ followers are uneasy about Lent Maybe Lent was approached in a trite or hypocritical kind of way Maybe it comes from a misunderstanding that while we are to praise God IN all things we don t necessarily praise God FOR all things In fact there may be times when we can t praise God at all The sorrow is too deep the grief too biting for the moment to be joyful in God s presence And that is OK Read More Post a comment 3 Lent An Act of Love By Lisa Van Engen February 4 2013 in Lent To be completely honest I have not always loved the concept of Lent There was not an emphasis on Lent in my home or in my church So I usually used my peers as a barometer for the season In out spoken resolve they would declare what they chose to fast from chocolate sugar in general highly brave or television Like a New Year s Resolution the days would unfold and each one would let go of their fast well before Easter arrived Read More Post a comment 5 Not Alone By Chuck Conniry January 31 2013 in Examen My Year Our culture has an interesting end of year ritual that succeeds every time to induce a state of reflection and self examination It is the ritual of recounting the notable individuals who passed away during the calendar year The website biography com lists 56 famous people

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  • Blog | Conversations Journal - Part 30
    with lectures on various aspects of Lewis life times and work The speakers list included many well known scholars and practitioners who took on the challenge of the theme to live as faithfully in our time as Lewis did in his risking everything if need be in pursuit of the God the True and the Beautiful J Stanley Mattson Read More Comments Off on Loose in the Fire Kitten or Thunderstorm By Larry Warner May 9 2012 in CS Lewis As I think of C S Lewis quotes from The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Weight of Glory immediately spring to my mind These I share with you The following three quotes speak of the tension we are invited to live in as Christians but often fail to do so namely the tension between the twin realities of God s transcendence God beyond us wholly other and God s immanence God with us Lewis communicates a God who inspires knee wobbling fear reverence awe fullness whose ways are not our ways wild but who is good loving wise gracious merciful and even playful God as friend Read More Post a comment 6 Seeing Like Lewis By Don Simpson May 7 2012 in CS Lewis C S Lewis was a great scholar of medieval literature but also a man of the twentieth century The twentieth century was filled with great good in the midst of great evil and the culture Lewis inhabited needed wise interpreters and reminders of the grand scale of reality envisioned by Christian faith In that century of war and self sacrifice C S Lewis gave his era a picture of the great themes good and evil heaven and hell angels and demons ransom and forfeiture selfishness and selflessness Read More Comments Off on Seeing Like Lewis Medicine from God By Valerie Hess May 3 2012 in CS Lewis My favorite C S Lewis books are his space trilogy Out of the Silent Planet Perelandra and That Hideous Strength In them the protagonist a man by the name of Ransom has a wound that he received in another world It incapacitates him in this world and cannot be healed on this planet This idea has always intrigued me It seems to be very much in line with sound teaching on confessing our sins to another person or even with the 12 Steps of the AA movement When a wound has occurred either to me or by me I must return to the source to find healing Sometimes that feels like going to another planet Read More Post a comment 1 I m On Aslan s Side By Tara Owens May 1 2012 in CS Lewis I m on Aslan s side even if there isn t any Aslan to lead it I m going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn t any Narnia C S Lewis The Silver Chair Chronicles of Narnia 6 Recently I ve been thinking

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  • Blog | Conversations Journal - Part 56
    offer a conversation around Benner s book Opening to God that would have saved Elizabeth Gilbert time money and the flood of inoculations that are required for traveling to India and Indonesia Benner is transparent when he states My experience of that openness is far from constant the moments when I have known this openness are rarer than I d like but they leave a taste I can never forget Elizabeth Gilbert ate her way through Italy and ended up buying larger jeans to accommodate her ravenous appetite for all things Italian In Benner s dialogue on the impact of the feeling of alignment with God the wholeness and the sense of belonging he declares Like any taste of God it leaves me hungering for more I read eagerly yet meditatively being reminded of my own moments of sheer delight in God and God s presence Read More Post a comment 0 New post By Stephen A Macchia November 6 2010 in Movies testing order Meaningless Action By Stephen A Macchia November 4 2010 in Action Blog Contemplation Action without reflection is meaningless action I wish I knew the source of this quote shared with me years ago as from the mystics of old because the truths encapsulated within these profound words are worth both our pondering and our application Flip this statement upside down and the underside is also true Reflection without action is meaningless reflection Reflection at its finest should manifest itself in action Otherwise it s navel gazing and insular and left to linger unattended Attending to the soul by way of contemplation is what leads thoughtful believers into intentional service to others The Great Commandment loving God with heart soul mind and strength plus the Second Great Commandment loving our neighbor as ourselves is what leads us outward into the Great Commission as we go making disciples of all nations The Christian community at its healthiest incorporates a balanced approach to our spirituality Love for God love for others in the family of God and love for our unreached neighbors When we ponder the reality of each aspect of our faith we are led into further reflection and ultimately into more meaningful action Where will your head and your heart lead your hands in service to another Offer someone a cup of cold water in Jesus name today it s good for your soul Road Rage and Prayer By Don Simpson November 2 2010 in Blog Contemplation Newsworthy For almost 20 years I have corresponded with a prisoner who once found himself caught up in a road duel on the interstate near where I live To end the altercation my pen pal emptied his loaded revolver into the cab of a pickup truck killing the driver My original intent in writing this prisoner was to try to understand road rage You see I find his split second anger in myself and although mine is less dramatic and has been tempered over the years the impulse to

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